Friday, 17 June 2011

knotty pieces of talent

Zazou, the designer's cat playing hide-and-seek
in the macramé dress, photo © by by Bart Kiggen
You know how much I love to detect gifted young
designers, that's why I often delve into fashion
educational institutions looking for alumni
who have successfully completed a course
of study in fine arts or design.
Every time it requires a bit of patience to 
eventually spot the most skilled and 
distinctive, yet it's well worth it.

photo © by Mark Groeneveld
Lots of brilliant new designers are growing up
almost everywhere, eager to pop in the clothing
business often striking out on their own but
always maxing out their fresh, creative juices.
Jantine van Peski is in my opinion one of these
disposed-toward designers.

photos © by Bart Kiggen via
Graduated this year with a master degree from
the acclaimed fashion dept. of Royal Academy
of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, she previously
studied at Amsterdam Fashion Institute and
also had internship with fashion houses such
as Haider Ackermann and A.F. Vandervorst.

photo © by Mark Groeneveld

Jantine's graduation collection, called
'Wires 10.0' is a sort of couture collection of
12 pieces, strongly inspired by books on textile
art from the 70's and the macramé technique.
Twelve handcrafted pieces whose structure is 
completely knotted or with integrated macramé,
focused on pure silhouettes and bearing an
androgynous easthetic. It amaze me how the
young Dutch designer constructs elaborate
pieces out of cord and yarn, straight from 
the body and using only one type of knot.

photo © by Mark Groeneveld
Jantine van Peski's 'Wires 10.0' has been
selected for the finals of ITS#TEN, the
'International Talent Support' contest which
will be held in the beautiful town of Trieste,
Italy, on next July and will also be exhibited
in Antwerp's Studio Job gallery for two
months from next week onwards.

photo © by Mark Groeneveld
I'm not the only one recognizing her
as an emerging talent after all.

The designer with a 'Wire10.0' creation, photo © by Bart Kiggen

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