Detail of costume by Gwendolynne for Same Vein. Photography Kate Longley
Fashion designer Gwendolynne Burkin has been working on the costumes for Same Vein, Alice Topp’s piece for the Bodytorque.DNA season. We sat down with Gwendolynne to talk about the collaboration.
How would you describe the style of your label? What inspires you?
Generally my design style is heavily versed in historical references, from the 1920s and 1930s to Gothic, but despite people liking to pigeonhole me as being Art Deco, funnily I really love the minimalism of the 60s. The final effect is sensual, delicate, and ethereal but restrained, a kind of pared-back vintage look. No matter what I create, my objective is for my design to be flattering and beautiful. I feel there is too much clutter in our world and I want to contribute works that are of quality and have longevity: heirloom pieces that are treasured.
I am constantly inspired. For many years I have been quite self-indulgent, basically designing for myself. But after 25 years working in fashion I have found that if you persist with this technique, you eventually get blocked, as your work can become repetitive. It’s important as a designer to have consistency, but to move forward with my vision these days I really listen to feedback from clients and my staff. However, I still only ever create what feels intrinsically and intuitively right to me.
Gwendolynne, Amber Scott and Alice Topp. Photography Kate Longley (more…)