While inspired by the desire to create a style brand that unites the Americas, my garments and their reinvisioning of traditional garment aesthetics (i.e. challenging the conventional notion of a sweater by re-styling them into a pair of dhoti pants, taking a bag of unwanted athletic shoelaces and paintstakingly sewing them together into a cross bodice dress- like chest piece, or taking a piece of furniture fabric and hand painting it water based fabric paint), my design choices and sewing practices stem from a different hemisphere, a hemisphere so accustomed to the Western style aesthetics that they have given birth to designers who are able to thwart them, turn them on its head, and re-engage a mode of sustainable production that promotes the one-of-a-kind, hand-washable/brushable, and artesenal garment vs. the mass-produced, planet-energy costly, and replicable one.
(First photo is by Kat Soutar; last two are by me).
Martin Margiela, the Belgium-born, Paris based, elusive designer, who hides from cameras and jumps in and out of our world as if having access to a secret Matrix-type portal, remains my designer inspiration and gives me hope that the painstaking process in which I create my work is not only essential, but stems from a design history. The Neo-Artesenal is not simply an experiment. It's longevity makes it truly a style revolution.
Have you worn anything Neo-Artesenal this week? Have you participated in the ethical style revolution?
Photos from the ever so elusive book, Maison Martin Margiela, published by Rizzoli:
(Title was inspired by the essay written by Vogue Italia contributor, Lele Acquarone, and her column "Scrapbook," in which she features Margiela)