Saturday, 6 August 2011

Max's tailored drapery

I've been following the work of 27-year-old
Singaporean fashion prodigy Max Tan ever
since I came across his crackerjack ”Against
collection last year as well his previous
collaborations with fellow associates
Test Shoot Gallery's creative director 
and designer Ashburn Eng with 
photographer May Lin Le Goff.

The gifted designer came to unveil his 10th
RTW collection for spring-summer 2012 at
Singapore's latest 'Blueprint' tradeshow:
in a stark palette made of white and gray
tones with few black touches the collection
called ”LIberate” skillfully blends the eastern
mastery over drapery with western tailoring
accuracy creating inventive, flattering
silhouettes concealing the wearer's form
while building up a new shape altogether.

Max aims to maximize minimal, simple ideas
starting from geometric shapes to build up
tailored yet free-form draped outfits bearing
his own masculine take on womenswear:
although drawn by conceptual, sculptural 
pieces, he's determined not to lose sight 
of their commercial viability.

campaign images: © photo by Daven Lee
hair & make-up by Sonya Kam
Constantly exploring the masculine and
feminine relationship, Max designs for
women with a natural artistic bent
turning plane geometric figures into
re-imagined dress structures through
calculated draping exaggerating for
instance the jacket collars to take on new 
identities as waistbands, hoods and sleeves.

Once again Max breaks the rules
liberating the strict 'Saville road'
defined tailoring rules in his
maverick signature style.

catwalk & detail pics via

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