9 November 2011

Wearable Art | Mia Jafari Dresses

Spring/Summer 2012 sees Central Saint Martins and Goldsmiths graduate Mia Jafari mark her Ready-to-Wear design debut with 'Waterlilies', a collection of seductively playful silk dresses encapsulating the spirit of romance. The collection of abstractly painted and digital rendered blouses, skirts and dresses utilize Jafari’s training in both design and art. Combining actual paint and embroidery with digital manipulation on ballooned silk georgette blouses, micro mini ruffled dresses and draped vintage inspired silk dresses, ‘Waterlilies’ oozes Jafari's playful aesthetic whilst evoking a more mature and sophisticated elegance.

The silhouette is deceptively simple, ballooned, pleated blouses worn under highwaisted skirts, with pockets and draping, adding a new dimension to the silhouette. 1950’s vintage cuts are given a twist with knots, folds and drapes.

In Jafari's collection shading is essential to the colour palette, turquoise turns to bright green to dark green as they progress across the silhouette. Flashes of bright turquoise and intense yellow contrast against a soft evaporating background. Play is ever present in this collection; an embroidered Christian Louboutin dangles from a branch on the neckline of a 1950's dress and embroidered ladybirds form the hemline of another. The unexpected suddenly becomes the norm to form one meditative state of beauty.

Check out the full collection at: www.miajafari.co.uk

Images: Mia Jafari

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