In the first of our series of ‘Creatives of the Week’ chosen from ARTS THREAD’s graduate portfolios, we look at the specialisms of fashion/textiles/accessories and pick out the work of Felix Wolodymyr Chabluk Smith.
Felix studied Fashion BA(Hons) at Edinburgh College of Art and designs Menswear. Winner of the Menswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week and one of only three winners of the British Fashion Council & Burberry Competition 2010, Felix is sure to succeed. Starting an MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art, London, we take a look at Felix’s BA (Hons) graduate collection Kin.
Kin is described by the designer as ‘an exploration of family, lineage and genetics’ and every garment was built up from fragments of late-Victorian tailoring patterns, drafted from a book on tailoring from 1893 entitled Thornton’s Sectional System.
Felix explains further:
The fabrics were a real mix – I never wanted the collection to veer into costume, and so traditional tweeds or rougher suiting fabrics wouldn’t work. I used a great wool and nylon mix in an 85/15 split for a lot of the tailoring. From a distance it looks like a Donegal tweed, but up close it is far more precise, almost pixelated.
‘As far as the colours went, every single thing I was looking at for inspiration – my manual from 1893 and my old family photographs – were in a mixture of sepias, browns, tans and greys, so that is what I went for.’