London-based Womenswear designer Paula Canovas del Vas returned to Paris for a first solo show staged in a former Parisian print shop at Canal Saint-Martin.
The Autumn-Winter 2019 collection was inspired by the works of Lynda Benglis, Vladimir Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark, Maria Callas and Chris Cunningham, with notable references to Satoshi Kon’s Paprika. Structures and volumes were rendered by mohair, latex and boiled wool, entirely handcrafted in the studio using carefully sourced materials.
Paula Canovas del Vas established her namesake label upon graduating from the Central Saint Martins BA and MA, with a debut collection presented at London Fashion Week in February 2018 and sold at Dover Street Market Ginza. Its forward-thinking aesthetic interrogates established interpretations of femininity and power using thought-provoking contrasts: inserting handmade traditional crafts and machinery onto sculptural proportions and vivid chromatic palettes.
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