Fashion fascinates me, which you've probably noticed is pretty evident every time it appears on my blog, nestled between the posts about comics and film & tv memorabilia. I guess it also explains why; when I'm not designing logos for DC Comics or cooking up (pun intended) Doctor Who related exhibitions, I teach at the London College of Fashion. This particular post is about one of my most excellent former students Shabnam Eslambolchi, who has been making incredible progress with her womenswear fashion design and illustration. She's already worked as Design assistant for Hussein Chalayan and Viktor & Rolf and is now ready to make her mark with her own collection ‘The Plateau’. Shabnam has just been entered into the MUUSE x Vogue Talents - Young Vision Award and after seeing her designs here I'm hoping you'll click on the link (It only takes a few seconds) and vote for her. Meanwhile, here are some of her designs, photographed by James Rees, modelled by Alina at Select and in Shabnam's own words, the inspirations behind her collection.
‘The Plateau’ is a contemporary homage of the history of Persia which is created by juxtaposing different elements, combining both ancient and modern Persian art, history, costume and architecture. To reflect the feeling of nostalgia and empathy for the ephemerality of the glorious past of this nation, work of the photographer Deborah Turbeville was included to this bricolage in an attempt to create a romantic showcase of flowing silk organza and voluminous skirts against the expressive silhouettes of bespoke silk jacquard.
Expressive silhouettes, voluminous shapes and layers, use of crafts and attention to details due to my admiration for “high design” are the aesthetic highlights of this collection. In terms of fabric, bespoke jacquard inspired by Persian motifs as well as pure silk fabrics used in this collection celebrates the historical roots of crafts including weaving among the Persians.
The dominant use of pale colours is inspired by the ‘wabi-sabi’ aesthetic: a simple and rustic beauty. These pale shades are occasionally accompanied by symbolic use of expressive block colours. Use of the color blue in a variety of tones (aqua blue, Persian blue and turquoise), Off-white and rich ochre yellow are divine colors in Persian culture.