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Craig Green’s minimal pilgrims



I’ve already written about designers’ inspirations and how they are sometimes misperceived by people looking at a collection for the first time. But, jokes apart, the inspiration and “mood” parts are one of the most creative and interesting phases of the project for a designer, when the most diverse fields interact in creating an original and unique idea in the designer’s mind: movies, music, art, history, science, philosophical concepts… that’s why a deep and diversificated culture plus a great amount of curiosity are essential to this job. I hate when I read press releases like “the inspiration of the collection comes from the ’50s”, what does it mean? From what part of the ’50s? Culture? Music? Literature? Generic inspirations are just unuseful, good for “pronto moda” or similar.

That’s one of the reasons I got caught by Craig Green‘s MA collection. The inspirations are great and translate very well, in my opinion, in the general look of the collection. Craig says:

The collection took strong inspirations from religion, cults and utilitarian work wear. Strong influences also came from the book The Midwich Cuckoos (1957) and the movie The Village of the Damned (1960). I looked a lot a religious dress and minimalistic constructions and shapes.

Playing with ideas of utility and function, the Trompe l’oeil luggage and large wooden structures have connotations of religious pilgrimage. Inspired by luggage carriers and nomads the huge structures dwarf the models and create abstract, almost menacing silhouettes.

Another strong theme is ideas of light and shadow. Each colour tie-dye outfit has an exact replica outfit in black, which walks behind it as a ‘shadow’. The light and dark idea is also apparent in the placement prints being inspired and realised threw projecting light onto the outfits. The prints are a process where hand bleached fabric is scanned in and engineered precisely onto pattern pieces to create seamless digitally placed and layered prints on the body, giving the illusion of a coloured light projection.




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