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

PHOTOGRAPHER Simon Deiner / SDR Photo

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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.