Andrew Gn- WOMENSWEAR collection Autumn-Winter 2016/17 in Paris (with interview)

Designer: Andrew GnLocation: Palais de TokyoA military spirit feminized with details of passementeries and tassel trimsInspiration: The Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family. Old photo found by the designerFocus on: the cossack trousers below the knee worn with high boots, embroidered tail capes embroidered with jet beading and evening dresses in Lyon brocade.Fabrics contrasted with the fluidity of a silk top, edged with feathers and fine lace ensemblesColours: green khaki, black, red vermilion and iris patterns.Interview from Andrew Gn:My inspiration came from a photograph I found of Tsar Nicholas II with his family, a portrait of his family and another photo of his 2 daughters who were dressed in their couture uniforms, their couture embroidered military jackets with an evening skirt on the bottom. I found that masculine and feminine mix from the start of the 20th century extremely interesting, so I really started to research into that. There is a lot of couture technique that you may not see from far away but inside there is lacing, the knits are made with cashmere and we used the cashmere for a handmade weave and for the tassel trims with lace, so they were incredible pieces. Lots of dresses were made with patchworks of Chantilly lace and applied with silk tulle and velvet in iris patterns, which is all very feminine and mysterious, so that, along with the pluming, were the high points in the collection. The brocades were woven in Lyon uniquely for us. It is an extraordinary French work and I’d like to thank all these amazing artisans that still exist in France, is one of the reasons why I am based Paris . Music of the show, (donot reuse for more than 7 days after the show)

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