Keep an eye out for Yvonne Lin’s stunning designs at the forthcoming Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. A recent graduate of Ryerson University in Canada, Linn will display her Formation womenswear collection. ARTS THREAD posed a couple of questions to Linn to find out more:
ARTS THREAD: Tell us about the collection you are showing at Who’s Next
Yvonne Lin: The Art-To-Wear collection is named Formation and is inspired by Michael Hansmeyer’s “Ornamented Columns”. Michael Hansmeyer, a Zurich based architect and computer programmer, uses algorithms to transform abstract Doric columns into complex pillars. The collection was designed for contemporary women with a balance of femininity and toughness. The pieces stand alone as a piece of art.
AT: What fabrics and techniques do you use?
YL: The entire collection is monochromatic, yet there are actually many different weights and types of fabrics used such as Italian lamb leather, silk de chine, bamboo jersey, stretchy cotton, stretch mesh and silk chameuse. There are two main techniques used in this collection: hand smocking and 3D slashing. Garments were sewn first and then smocked to shrink to the size. With the 3D slashing I didn’t know if it would work out when I initially designed it, so I played with paper to find out. Luckily it came out the way I wanted. The depths of the slashings were specifically calculated so it bumps out less at the waist and more at the hip, to maintain a hourglass shape.
AT: What do you hope to gain from exhibiting at Who’s Next?
YL: I have never been to Paris before, so this is very exciting. I believe it is every designer’s dream to showcase their work to people all over the world. This experience has come earlier than I expected, but I’m ready for it! This will be a fantastic learning experience and I cannot wait to network with new people and check out their work.
Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Paris will run from 30 June – 3 July at Porte de Versailles Paris. For more information, visit the Who’s Next website.