Lara Klawikowski

DESIGNER NAME: Lara Klawikowski BACKGROUND: South Africa

Brand Vision

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.

Clothing DNA

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.