Polish-born Anna says: “I spoke to all of the judging panel. I actually would love to work for Missoni, so that was a big motivation for me in the competition; that even if I didn’t win I would at least get to make the contacts.”
Anna, who quit her 7-year career in banking to pursue her fashion design dreams, drew on her weaving and knitwear skills to create a bold, geometric and confident collection. “I had two properly tailored jackets, made from 8 panels and then I embroidered everything as well,” she explains. Thinking carefully about light placement on the catwalk, she developed her own weaving technique to create reflective lapels to make her designs shine. With the bigger picture in mind, Anna also created headwear to add a unique element. “I think the whole look, means the whole look,” she says. “For me, I think leaving the head with just a hairstyle… well you’d have 40 other looks with the exact same hair and face and it’s so bloody boring. Whereas with the hats people will remember the look.”
“I SEE MY KNITS AS A WAY TO MAKE 3D EMBELLISHED MANIPULATIONS ON THE BODY.”
Nadia, who named Missoni as her “all-time favourite knitwear brand,” focused her attention on “small details/trimmings and feminine silhouettes,” and developed intricate structures within her work. “I see my knits as a way to make 3D embellished manipulations on the body. For me, the most important thing about a garment is the textiles.” The textiles designer describes her work as “rich, warm, smooth and shiny.” Using research from the 1920’s Art Deco period, she looked at optical illusions for inspiration. “`The focus is on the trimmings and joinings, which are created with an interesting weaving/knitting technique that is inspired by bobbin lace patterns from Antwerp.”
Nadia titled her collection The unravelling illusion. “The surface will appear to have been ribbed, plushed and unravelled, but it is in fact an optical illusion,” she explains. Combining knitwear and weaving techniques, the designer describes her fabric in great detail: “soft wool and hairy mohair, rich velvets and bright elastic.” After graduating she hopes to bring her textile knowledge to Italy or Paris to work as a knitwear designer.