Our knitwear series designer Cynthia F
was asked to create six toiles (our industrious girl made seven), using any reference points but focussing on creating a silhouette. One of the keywords was 'body-conscious' so she decided to play with that. Cynthia always draws upon great works of art for her designs and this time she used Santiago Calatrava
’s architecture (he did the BCE Place Galleria in Toronto for friends back home) and created her looks using cotton jersey. And this time she even modelled some herself! What's a toile?
It's a mock-up garment using inexpensive fabric. It's the first step after
creating a pattern for a garment which you can then fit onto
a mannequin or model for sizing and alterations. You can also draw
on it. As a knitwear
designer, Cynthia could, for example, draw a cable pattern in the centre of her
toile to see how it would look.
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