Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Peter Movrin's hidden jewelry

I'm eventually back after two hard-pressed weeks,
too tired of the to and fro to keep on blogging as
usual, yet the striking collection by Slovenian designer
Peter Movrin - the only son of a butcher who grew
up dreaming to become a fashion designer deeply
inspired by the glossy issues of Vogue his grandma
bought him during short trips to Trieste - makes
 me gladly resume my 'regular' work.

Movrin graduated from the University of Ljubljana,
Slovenia's capital city, briskly making waves with
conceptual unisex pieces and a great work on shapes
and details. He achieved his childhood ambition to
become a designer at first studying fashion textile
but was soon drawn to design developing a highly
personal style and a noteworthy craftsmanship by
combining traditional techniques and materials,
juxtaposing and treating natural and synthetic
fabrics often by means of heat and chemicals.

The young designer's MA degree collection, called
”Lu Gedigte Perlaopis”, probably a play on words, is  
”a very tactile monochromatic collection, where
through the manipulation and deformation the
garments become hidden jewelry pieces...” Peter
declares adding that pearls ”were one by one meti-
culously squeezed into the garments by my own
fingers. It takes forever, but it's so beautiful. The
collection's basic premise is that clothing should be
regarded as adornment for the body, as precious as
jewelry, thus transcending the norms of the fast and
furious ready-to-wear. A quintessential bourgeois
artifact and a pearl necklace can produce an effect
much like that of a body mutilation and a scar, which
is the most intimate adornment of them all. While
researching the Ethiopian tribes' practice of body
scarification and decoration, the polished sculptures
of Constantin Brâncuși kept popping up” he states
referencing different sources of inspiration.

Movrin's post-romantic approach, his innovative take
on draping through delicate inner beading, the accuracy
of each single detail and the constant play between
sheer fabrics, leather and wool, huge floral motifs and
earthy tones, are emphasized by the stunning images
taken by renowned Ljubljana-based photographer
Maya Nightingale together with make up artist
Špela Ema Veble and flowers by Dafnis studio.
Slovenian charm at its best.

> all images © by Maya Nightingale <

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