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'Lodonite', fashion collection

'Lodonite', fashion collection
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'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

'Lodonite', fashion collection
© Stéphanie Baechler

Overview

Category

Fashion and Textile Design

 

Work

'Lodonite', fashion collection

Essay

Mixing glazes

Stéphanie Baechler receives the Swiss Design Award for the third time, this year for her diploma collection ‘Lodonite', with which she completed her Master's in Fashion Design at the Institute of the Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands.
The textile designer has enjoyed an impressive career since gaining her bachelor degree in textile design from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in 2008. Having initially emphasised the elaboration of fine details and engagement with the varying textures of the fabrics, today her collection focuses more on draping various structures and on clear-cut lines. Baechler still finds the ideas for her designs in nature: in the various forms of rocks, the brilliance of precious stones, quartz, glass and metal; yet she is also interested in synthetic materials such as foam, rubber and plastic.
The impetus for her diploma project ‘Lodonite' also came from what Baechler sees immediately around her in her everyday life. While mixing glazes for her ceramics, she hit upon the idea of coating the fabric of her creations with a transparent, glossy layer. After extensive research, she decided to base her collection on loden, a durable woollen fabric whose rigidity and colour are reminiscent of rock, marble or concrete.
The result is a collection whose colour palette and fabric structure draws heavily on natural materials. The overlaying of the various fabrics and surfaces renders the clothes very rigid. Yet at the same time the collection is characterised by elegance and fluidity in the close-fitting garments. This tension between the flowing movements of the cuts and the rigidity of the material recalls the elegance of statues. The effect is enhanced by the method of presentation: at the end of the shows the models stand motionless on marble-like pedestals.
Martina Longo

Biography

Name

Stéphanie Baechler

 

Born

1983

Education

Fashion Designer

 

also in

2009 2011