As a recent graduate of the Academy of Fine Art in Łódź, Poland, breakout designer Karolina Konieczna is a promising influencer for the next chapter of European fashion. Her spring ’16 collection was shown and prized at her Alma Mater’s 20th Anniversary Graduate Gala, recognized as one of the Best Master Collections presented, and later acknowledged by the Jury of Fashion Philosophy at Poland’s own Fashion Week.
A balance of structured silhouettes with organic detailing—unfinished edges and textured knits—Konieczna’s range sparks a dialogue surrounding the manmade and the natural by examining the way humans have affected our planet’s development over time. “[My] collection symbolizes the relationship of symbiosis between architecture, the product of the work of human hands and a natural change of landscape as a result of the passage of time,” she said.
The spirit of Konieczna’s work is reflective of her fascination with two venerated artists—John Cage and Robert Morris—by “listening” to the way fabric moves and playing with draping as a means to build her garments’ oft-bulbous, angular shapes. Much like Morris’ famous felt pieces, below, the rising fashion designer celebrated the malleability of her materials to create uniquely intricate, sculptural clothing.
Robert Morris, Untitled (Pink Felt), 1970
Robert Morris, Untitled (Brown Felt), 1973