DESIGNER NAME: Lara Klawikowski BACKGROUND: South Africa
To create conceptual garments which are both wearable and accessible. To be a brand that inspires the appreciation of the art of fashion design and garment construction.
High-concept womanswear – intriguingly tactile, artisanal and imaginative. Employs advanced pattern-cutting and unexpected garment construction, unusual draping, tailoring techniques, re-fabricated materials and signature asymmetry. References historical fashion, resulting in contemporary interpretations with a distinctive artistry, edge, and other-worldly beauty.
Collection Inspiration for MBFWCT 2017
The inspiration for our A/W 2017 collection was initially sparked by historical architecture in the Cape Town CBD. I was at City Hall and inspired by the details of windows, doorways, staircases, and mosaic floors. I became intrigued by the way urban Capetonian women dressed 100 years ago or more, and imagined a contemporary version that references the elements of historical urban Cape Town fashion and the architectural geometry of the city. I was inspired by the diverse cross-pollination of fashion in South Africa historically, that still exists, even more so today.
The collection employs subtle accents of manipulated material surfaces creating tactile print-like fabrics, woollen embroidery and appliqué, quilting, geometry, signature re-fabrication and hand woven weaves.
Awards / Accolades
2015 Showcased at Design Indaba & Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town
Showcased at Design Indaba & Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town, 2014
Showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town , 2013
Renault New Talent Search Semi-Finalist, 2013
Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge Finalist, 2012
Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge Winner, 2011
Vodacom Durban July Fashion Challenge Finalist, 2010
Vodacom Durban July Extraordinary Hat Finalist, 2010
SACTWU & CCDI Condom Dress Design Winner, 2009
Top Graduate Winner at Cape Town Fashion Council Graduate Shows, 2008
Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award Winner, 2008
FAD Foschini Annual Design Awards 2nd Prize Winner, 2008
Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award Regional Finalist, 2007
Hopes for MBFWCT
To design a technically astute collection that inspires an appreciation of the art of pattern-making, garment construction and slow fashion. I hope to bridge the gap between concept and accessibility by amplifying the wearability of my imaginative garments.