COUTURIER'S CANVAS

L'Officiel India|April 2020

COUTURIER'S CANVAS
We live in a world saturated with fashion, and an industry that pegs itself over cyclical trends. Yet, designer Kirsten Ley is unapologetic about her avant-garde creations and forward-thinking ideologies in the international design lexicon.
CHITMAN KANWAR AHUJA

Taking inspiration from the words of Fernando Pessoa this season, Kirsten recalls, “I’m revisiting the roots of my childhood adolescence spent in a back brace. The restrictions of the 22 hour days in my brace heavily influenced my creative expression as an artist. Staying true to my aesthetic, I’m building on that theme through hints of Victorian anatomy diagrams, with massive sleeves and collar details. The silhouettes are classic, avant garde, yet fresh; and the manipulation of fabric is organic and grandiose.”

The award-winning Canadian couture designer, prefers working with intuitive and sculptural techniques, as she creates visceral one-of-a-kind works of art, juxtaposing structurally bound garments with the softness and translucence of fervent, flowing silks. As we talk to her, we learn that Kirsten is a woman who speaks her mind yet embraces the vivid colours of life. Her runway collections are the truest form of her soul, being unleashed over a canvas. Edited excerpts follow...

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