‘I look at a collection of items that seem unlikely to behold any memories but connect to me on an emotional level,’ explains Icelandic fashion print designer Thora Stefansdottir about her graduate collection. Interested in the memories and possible uses attached to objects, Stefansdottir saw something relatable, even precious in what others may call rubbish. Her line-up is full of personal touches: from upcycled material leftover from past projects and romantically vibrant colours to the handwoven sleeves.
Raised by a weaver, Stefansdottir grew up surrounded by looms and has a deep appreciation for making material from scratch. Her innate sensitivity is as intrinsic as her relationship with fabric, the creative process often becoming personal and obsessive. Stefansdottir physically puts herself into the project by printing garments with graphics of herself scantily clad and draping fabrics. They expose how she scrutinised her body during lockdown, extinguishing any self-criticism in a vivid rainbow of fabrics and avant-garde silhouettes. Described as ‘therapeutic clothing’ by the designer, each piece was designed to evoke healing and self-respect.
The designer would love to collaborate with labels in the future and is looking forward to developing her craft and aesthetic.
Raegan Rubin, BA Fashion Journalism