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FASHIONWEEK Fall 2007: Origami-Inspired Dresses & a Cool Experiment Showing Your Clothes on the Runway from Mal Sirrah. FASHIONTRIBES FASHION BLOG
Summary: In an interesting experiment in separating an idea from its execution, Mal Sirrah sent out his entire 14 piece collection twice in a row. First, it came out as fitting muslins; these are test garments made from an inexpensive off-white fabric designers typically use to drape their non-knitwear designs, perfect the look and final fit of a garment, and deconstructed in order to make the final patterns. In bare feet, the models came out in the muslins, which was actually an incredibly interesting way to look at the design & idea of a garment, without the "distraction" of fabric color and choice. When the models then presented the entire collection again, this time as final garments - the parade of fuschia, green, gray with gold piping, mauve'y rose, cafe au lait & rust - seemed almost shockingly bright. In some cases, the idea embodied in the test garment was cooler than it's execution, while in others, the final fabric improved upon the design.
Many of the dresses (and one pair of short shorts) were given poetic names such as Oru Kami (folded paper), Meditation Sheath, and Crane in Flight - and many of the experiments in volume, layering, twisting & folding of fabric were flatteringly feminine and quite lovely.
Color Palette: fuschia; green; grey with gold piping; mauve'y rose; green; cafe au lait; rust; cadet blue
Details & Textures: volumey trapeze shapes; interesting origami-influenced fabric layers & draping
Key Looks: Birth of a Crane origami jumper; Zero Curvature V-neck dress with countless layers of bias-cut fabric with a handkerchief hem
- Lesley Scott
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