Wrap It Up
If I learned anything as a self employed designer, it's that working within the confines of an agency often stifles creativity. By the time a design goes the proverbial wringer of account manager (who are very rarely designers), the creative director and any random person client side, the creative output is usually a shadow of it's former self. I find that now I'm the designer, account manager and creative director, the work I'm producing is far more creative and pure in its form. I think the same applies to fashion designers. Young minds, unbridled by the machinations of the fashion industry, create incredibly inspiring things. Graduate collections not only show us the talents of the future but offer us undiluted creativity.
Design straight from the soul.
I am currently very inspired by Stina Resting and her final collection from the MA Fashion Design course at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art, School of Design in Copenhagen. Her collection was inspired by the concept of 'wrapping'.
Sustainability is also key to Stina's work: "I am inspired by the notion of aesthetic sustainability as a value driver in garments. When talking about sustainability there tends to be a focus on resources and production systems. With my project, I wish to promote aesthetic sustainability in fashion with the potential for a more nuanced view on sustainable fashion.Sustainable fashion has often been associated with beauty, minimalism and harmony, but I find that attempting to reduce fashion’s impact on the environment does not necessarily mean visually pairing down. A more complex aesthetic may actually work as a means for a potentially longer product life. By working with the notions of the ugly and unexpected also serving as an appealing aesthetic, I seek to challenge the ideas of sustainability."
The quilted pieces remind me of fencing clothing, which does tie into her concept of wrapping as a form of protection. I also love her palette here too with soft lilac mixing with navy and bright blue. The first image is a dream outfit - those trousers!
I certainly look forward to seeing Stina's career develop.