EBBA ANDERSSON OF SWEDISH SCHOOL OF TEXTILES ON CHALLENGING HER PRECONCEPTIONS
Designer Ebba Andersson presented her collection as part of the Swedish School of Textiles show. Utilising and experimenting with the relationship between garment and form, her collection juxtaposed evening wear with sportswear, using mesh and iridescent tulle to add experimental features. Vibrant colours ran throughout the collection on glossy materials with drawstring detailing.
We were intrigued by the diverse collection showed as part of the SST show and spoke to Andersson following its completion to find out more about her experimental collection.
CONGRATULATIONS ON SHOWING YOUR COLLECTION IN LONDON, AS PART OF THE SWEDISH SCHOOL OF TEXTILES SHOW. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TEXTILE TO WORK WITH?
Usually I pick textiles that I don’t really like, or I feel that it’s kind of ugly. Or maybe I don’t know maybe it’s easier to work with things…
THINGS THAT ARE A BIT MORE CHALLENGING TO WORK WITH?
Yes because that’s the most fun so it’s really important to work with different qualities within the materials and different like that it should be matte against something against something really shiny or a thick material I love that. And I think that’s been like my main technique. I’m working with like crushing, evening dresses with like sportswear so.
I also usually pick colours that I don’t like, just like a mess in my collection, I think that when you pick things you don’t like you do things in another way and you can come up with things that you haven’t done before than if you picked something you liked.
Photography by Catherine Baker
A LOT OF THE THEMES REFER TO HOW THE FORM RELATES TO THE CLOTHING AND WHAT IT MEANS TO CREATE FORM. IS THAT THE KIND OF THING YOU LIKE TO EXPLORE?
I’ve actually been working with square pieces of fabric and I draw lines from evening dresses onto fabrics and then I’ve been like using drawstrings in these lines to make it fit the body, so my clothes fit every different body.
Andersson goes to extremes to challenge the design process, and push boundaries within the industry in order to create her designs, resulting in a captivating collection. We’re excited to see where this emerging designer heads next, as she continues to challenger her own preconceptions and those of the industry.
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