As you all know, we love to discover new talents in the Fashion World, today we discover Per Hansson, an emerging fashion designer, who has brought to us, his graduation Collection, he made for The Swedish School of Textiles. I must say; I was surprised to see his work, is all hand work as you are going to see as well.
The way he can create form is really impressive, and the materials he used, of course, are not conventional. From my point of view is really important to see new techniques, and new ideas, in this competitive fashion world; and he manages to go further with this collection he presents for his graduation in The Swedish School of Textiles.
What was the inspiration for your collection?
The inspiration for the collection comes from the tubular braiding technique itself which I developed and used to create the pieces. The shapes and patterns of the hand-braided pieces are a direct result of the tubular braid pattern. The fringes that have a big role in the collection is a result from leaving the strands of material that creates the piece instead of cutting them off. The fringe also gives the piece’s movement and a sense of fragility. The colors used in the collection ACU camo, forest green and signal orange may be seen as a direct reference to the original military use of paracord.
Which materials did you use?
For all the hand-braided pieces I used nylon paracord, which is parachute cord that was originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes. The paracord is a great material to use with handcrafting techniques, and the material has become quite popular in arts and craft circles recently. I thought it would be interesting to bring this material into a fashion context since it is something that has not been seen before.
The five-pocket jeans in the collection are not made out of denim, but this rough and uneven mangle-line, which was woven by my grandmas mom like 100 years ago.
I had kept that line in storage, but not finding a purpose for it during many years but now this time around for my graduation, I did some treatment experiment with it and found a really interesting texture.
It is coated with acrylic paint and coating to create a wet-looking surface, but still the rough weave and unevenness in the weave penetrates the coating and is seen through the paint.
The other materials in the cut-and-sewn jackets are a tech-polyamide that I acquired from an amazing tech-fabric mill that we have here in Sweden. The techpolyamide went through the same processes as the linen material with the painting and coating.
I have treated all the materials myself by hand. I find it to be a bit of fun and rewarding way to work with materials when you take whatever material you find and treat it until you find what you desire.
I do like their idea of treating cheap materials to make them more precious.
The net tops you find in the collection is made out of a Wave-knitted jersey which was knitted at my school and then hand-dyed by me.
To whom you design?
I design for anyone who finds my work interesting or moving, even though I suppose my work caters to the the most fashion-forward customer who got the guts to wear something more radical.
Who are your favorite designers?
I would say Maison Martin Margiela, Carol Christian Poell and Dries van Noten. Lately, I`ve grown fond of Vetements, I am excited to see how they will continue to develop and grow.
Which is your next step as a designer?
At the moment now after graduation, I look out for Assistant Designer jobs. So if there are any Fashion HR-people reading this, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides from that I have started a new project that I am working on at the moment, sort of a continuation of my graduation collection but attacked from a different angle.
In a couple of years I would like to study a Fashion MA in London. Preferably the Menswear MA at the Royal College of Art since I find their alumni impressive and their students always produce great work.