In Perfect Symmetry
INSPIRED BY THE ENGINEERING BEHIND FASHION
Nichole de Carle has carved out her niche within the world of lingerie and bodywear design by exploring the space where art and science collide. There is a precise calculation behind every work of wonder, using symmetry and line to contour the body. By balancing the technical aspects from the disciplines of couture fashion and architecture, with creative storytelling from art and culture, Nichole has been able to create iconic pieces within her collections, such as the Westminster Brief with Braces.
Nichole reflects, “Whilst designing this piece I was highly influenced by the art of men’s tailoring and the symmetry and line detail found within iconic architecture. The outcome was to create lingerie with a twist on men’s braces that could be worn by a woman.”
A versatile addition to your wardrobe, the braces can be styled with a well-cut black suit, white shirt and silk black tie for a fashion forward office look, or pared down with a white t-shirt and your favourite jeans at the weekend.
Architectural pieces on the catwalks are a familiar sight, for example Mary Katrantzou, with her visually stimulating 3D architectural images throughout her detailed print designs. The designer Gareth Pugh exemplifies his influence of angular art deco shapes to an extreme. Creating dramatic lines in experimental fabrics, Pugh finds the perfect balance between Avant Garde and Ready to Wear.
These designers have all been able to take a classic work of architecture and create pieces for the modern woman, some using more literal translations and others with more abstract concepts. What is certain is that architecture will continue to inspire fashion designers and the women who wear their clothes.