LARA KLAWIKOWSKI SPRING/SUMMER 2015/16 collection showcased at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town


This collection was inspired by the awkwardness, uncertainty and unnecessary pressure young women sometimes feel while getting dressed for an event where they are expected to ‘dress-up’. I created a collection for women who want to dress-up differently, unconventionally and unexpectedly, wearing pieces they find intriguing and love, even it means clashing with a dress code.

I explored the history of dressing up, specifically the history of corsetry, and drew inspiration from the layered architecture of corsetry and the intricacy of the old-fashioned construction details. I drew inspiration from early 20th century beach scenes, a time when a more relaxed approach to stringent corsetry was emerging. I also experimented with an alternative method of re-fabricating lace-like textures.

PHOTOGRAPHER Simon Deiner / SDR Photo