Lara Klawikowski is a South African fashion designer based in Cape Town. She launched her eponymous label in 2010 with a focus on avant-garde design, after graduating from Cape Town College of Fashion Design and winning the SACTWU Condom Dress Design Award. During her studies, she won the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award, was a top 5 graduate at the Cape Town Fashion Council Graduate Shows, runner-up in the Foschini Annual Design Awards and completed an introductory course in shoe making and shoe design. She showcased her first ready-to-wear collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2013.
Lara Klawikowski designs wearable art - high-concept womanswear, employing advanced pattern-cutting, unexpected garment construction, unusual draping, tailoring techniques and re-fabricated materials. Her designs are intriguingly tactile, artisanal and imaginative. She often references historical fashion, resulting in contemporary interpretations with a distinctive artistry, edge, and other-worldly beauty.
All garments are uniquely crafted at her studio in Woodstock. Made-to-measure designs, including custom bridal wear, can be ordered from her studio and ready-to-wear designs are sold exclusively at boutiques in Cape Town.