Wednesday, February 03, 2010


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Out of all of the Spring 2010 Haute Couture Collections, designer Anne Valerie Hash's small collection inspired me the most. At first glance the collection appears to be quite simple for haute couture, but the story behind the collection is what I found most interesting. She wanted to create a collection inspired by cherished personal items, memories and identity. Known for reconstructing clothing, Anne wrote letters to people she admires and asked them to send her a sentimental item of clothing. The response was only positive and enthusiastic. She received pyjamas from Lanvin designer Alber Elbaz, a drummer boy jacket from rocker Pete Doherty, a Vivienne Westwood tshirt from actress Tilda Swinton, a jacket from designer Jean Paul Gaultier, a veil from Diane Pernet, a Chanel jacket from Daphne Guinness, and a spencer from Charlotte Rampling. She deconstructed (with permission) and reconstructed these pieces and incorporated them into her fifteen piece collection. I love the fact that even a high caliber couturier, can create beauty out of the second-hand. The idea behind the collection is sentiment and memory, and each piece holds a story of its own. On top of these ideas behind the collection, the details and workmanship are flawless. While Anne Valerie Hash is a relatively new designer, still trying to make a name for herself, her innovation and passion for the craft quietly sets her apart.

I've been looking all over for a "behind the scenes" look at the creating of this collection, but I can only find brief descriptions to break down each piece. These are my guesses, correct me if I'm wrong!

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