Museum Life: Toni Maticevski

How do fashion designers negotiate creating collections that are both commercially viable yet innovative and interesting? Creating collection after collection must be a creatively draining process and many fashion designers engage with a range of other artistic disciplines to remain dynamic and creative in their design process. Toni Maticevski is an example of an Australian fashion designer who has done this in his practice. Featured in the Love Lace exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Maticevski is one of the best known Australian designers and has previously shown at New York Fashion Week.

Maticevski’s work, Spring Summer Finale 2012, is a conceptual fashion piece made of draping silk chiffon and leather flower forms. This work is not a wearable garment due to its construction, only fitting a headless mannequin. This work, however, went on to influence his more commercial collection shown at Australian Fashion Week, Spring/Summer 2012. Below is a video put together by one of my colleagues, which features Maticevski’s process as he creates his piece for the exhibition and Spring/Summer collection.

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