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Lisa Shahno: Squaring the Square

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December 15th, 2009

001 Lisa Shahno: Squaring the SquareAlright, so I’m not a huge fan of Lisa Shahno’s latest design collection. I would never wear something like this, but that isn’t always a criteria by which to judge fashion, because there are pieces of clothing that I would never wear in real life and still love, however unpractical they may be. Although, aesthetically this might not be my cup of tea (one of the models looks like she belongs in a futuristic Korean horror movie, which actually, I kind of like), I have to give credit where credit is due, because the design concept behind these pieces is in fact quite interesting.

The collection is named Squaring the Square, because each piece is constructed “based on a similar division principle”. Shahno designed the collection using rectangular and square pieces of different length and width, sewing them together to create a variety of shapes and forms, which resulted in a very structured look. What fascinates me is how she created the pieces to stand alone, apart from the body, as works of art. For instance, the coat in the title picture, once removed from the model becomes an abstract structure that can function as part of your interior design.

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