Jul 20, 2017 | By Samuel Trotman
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Today, we revisit young design talent Faustine Steinmetz, and her latest collection of progressive handmade denim goods.
Earlier last year, we introduced you to Central St. Martins graduate Faustine Steinmetz and her stunning hand-woven mohair wool and hand-dyed indigo reinterpretation of Levi’s 501 jeans and denim jacket. The Paris-born, London-based designer has made a valiant return for S/S 14, delivering an even more intricately crafted selection of fabrics that denim and materials fans alike will fawn over.
This season, Faustine takes her meticulous handcrafted approach a step further. Using one plain cotton yarn as starting point, the designer and her team then dyed, shredded, curled, painted and unspun all of the cotton before using it to weave and embroider the materials for spring’s latest pieces. Like the previous season, the silhouettes focus on iconic denim pieces from an everyday wardrobe – except they are made by hand from scratch.
The result is an incredible visual and tactile feast that includes shredded trucker jackets and a pair of tapestry jeans. All materials are sourced in England and the garments are produced painstakingly, piece by piece, in Steinmetz’s Shoreditch studio with her four hand looms and the help of a few interns. The labor-intensive process of each technique takes over a week to produce alone. To showcase these beautiful creations in more detail, we’ve provided some larger images below so you can truly appreciate the detail and level of craftsmanship that goes into each piece along with some words from the designer.
“From the original strand of cotton, we produce five different types of yarn to be used in the production of our shredded denim. The entire process from start to finish takes us over a week. We want the denim to look like it has been found at sea, left floating there for decades.”
“There is also a classic pair of denim jeans, but made entirely in tapestry. It took 10 people working around the clock to complete this piece, each square centimeter taking over an hour to complete. The yarn has been tie-dyed in four different shades to complete the denim effect.”
If you’d like to find out more on the collection, head over to Oyster Magazine’s interview with Faustine.
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