Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Yes, it takes more work than draping sometimes.

Coco Rocha's perfect avant-garde jacket from Greta Constantine, with its exaggerated shoulders (worn at Toronto's LG Fashion Week) might be one of the most technically masterful and clever sculpted jackets out there. Balmain's Fall '09 jackets proved that those eighties shoulders are going to make a huge comeback, having done it in an incredibly unpretentious manner by pairing them with slim but loose-fitted pants. Draping has seen it's day, and it's not to say that it is out or ever will be, but sculpted clothing such as Coco's (built with very architectural foundations I'm sure) proves that there are new and risky approaches to tailoring which people have been afraid to venture into till now. I'm not sure about you, but these days the new job occupation is architecture, so it's no secret that a desire for shape, form and modernism is on people's minds.

photos taken by James Kachan from

In a sense, I've been feeling the inspiration from sculpted clothing as well, having created a mini shift dress with elevated shoulder straps a good couple months ago. The process is daunting, but the results are rewarding in the sense that what you gain from creating something so difficult, from manipulating something as malleable as fabric into something rigid, is ultimate satisfaction in the personal developmental procedure of design, which is more than one can say for beauty that's on the surface. Now, weren't those 200 hours of dressmaking worthwhile?

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