A graduate of Goldsmiths College in London, fashion designer Anna Antoniades’ work focuses on the relationship between body, garment and space. She distresses the form to accentuate the silhouette through excessive folds, bold pleats and voluptuous draping.
Antoniades’ work has been seen in London – four shows in London Fashion Week – Bilbao and Tokyo, where she recently presented a static installation at Ebisu Park Café. The installation was of one pattern playing on the theme of colour, shape and space. Displayed in an atypical way, it distorted viewers’ perception of what they were looking at i.e. what was displayed looked like a skirt, but was in fact, a pair of trousers.
Antoniades’ is of Greek origin, and many of her garments take influence from ancient Greece. Her signature design trait though is multifunction garments: a cape that transforms into a skirt, a skirt into a top. Her work is an on-going exploration of multi-functionality as she challenges the excesses of life through her designs.
“I love the fact that people can change an item I designed for them,” the fashion designer says. “That they can react to the fabric, to their personal environment, and for the garment then to take on another form.”
Antoniades sees her designs as both desirable and sustainable. As she says, “My garments last a long time. You don’t need to throw them away when you tire of them – you just change them into a new shape.”
Form shifting – what a great way to approach the issue of sustainability (as well as boredom!).
[Photos courtesy of Anna Antoniades]
This is post by David Report contributor Kristina Dryza.