Designer Series, Knitwear: Black and Blue
Last time in the Designers Series, Knitwear we saw Cynthia F's gorgeous Marie Antoinette-inspired lingerie that she knitted as her final project in her first year at Central Saint Martins. Just to be sure the students didn't forget how to knit over the summer (ha) they were given a project to work on, this one to explore the possibilities of hand knitting.
Cynthia took her reference from a Cornelia Parker image and opted to play with embellishment. We can see that something is woven into the collar - it looks like little, protruding, coloured discs which construct a delightful texture. To create this, Cynthia crocheted the black yarn into a long chain and throughout worked in buttons so they became part of piece. She used this to knit the knitted part of the jacket which made quite a heavy piece. There's a bit of knitting in the shoes as well and Cynthia may explore other materials with her future footwear; she wasn't completely satisfied with the result. I like that the shoes echo the electric blue trim in the shoulders and cuffs of the jacket - it ties the top and bottom of the outfit together and pops against the charcoal background. It makes a great full-length photo.
Speaking of the photos, aren't they're incredible? It's amazing how the dank space between two old grey, pebble-dashed buildings can provide a setting so conducive to drama. The combination of the contrast of the bright and dark colours with the glow of overcast daylight within the diminishing perspective behind the model makes a stunning scene. As does the texture of the pebble-dashed walls, particularly beautiful in the last photo.
A successful, gorgeous collaboration from Cynthia, Sohui and Aiko.