“I designed a collection of pieces that were a bit like toys: they are kind of anonymous objects that you can play around with.”
For Lefebvre, the collection is about simulating the absence of time and space; materializing both pressure and balance all at once. The properties of latex are soft, yet when stretched around the body, the resulting tension can be experienced as either pleasure or discomfort, or perhaps both alternately. Ultimately, each garment is interpretable as a device that yields a sense of safety and comfort, or as an experience that feels prohibitive and claustrophobic.
For Lefebvre, the final BA collection was an opportunity to get as creative as possible. “For me, there was no point in going back to school to do the same thing as I would do in industry. When I got back from my placement year, I didn’t want to produce a collection of traditional pieces of clothing – I wanted to do something completely different. So, I designed a collection of pieces that were a bit like toys: they are kind of anonymous objects that you can play around with.”
The designer had never worked with metal before, so after familiarising himself with the machines, he spent several weeks honing his skills and developing shapes in the metal workshops. Inspired by minimalist artist Donald Judd, Lefebvre says, “I like to be able to do different things, to be quite versatile in my work.” Well accustomed to creating in 3D, he worked to resolve the metal pieces first, playing around with them on the body to create each piece.