MAEGAN STRACY RESORT 2015
White snakeskin, knotted wool, digitally printed spandex and line. Plus digitally embroidered satin, painted denim, hand dyed organdie, and chameleon painted vinyl. Designer Maegan Stracy knows how to go all out and way, way, outside the box.
In her latest Resort 2015 collection Stracy capitalized on the ritualistic aspects of textile production, sports and leisure and how the two relate to popular culture today.
"There has always been a ritualistic connotation applied to traditional textile processes, mostly because of the skill level and amount of time dedicated to each particular craft. This is also true in sports; only a very skilled, conditioned and trained athlete can perform at the highest caliber. Because of their increased skill level, there is often a significant amount of worship and dedication applied to athletes in current popular culture, making the uniforms and day-to-day clothing these athletes wear cool and covetable," says Stracy.
By combining traditional processes like rug making, dyeing and hand pleating with the current trends and styles present in today’s sports and leisure wear Stracy hoped to blend the old and new to make a collection both current, but also of high and covetable quality.
She explains; "The aim of this collection was to pull certain aspects from current streetwear and sportswear trends and mix them with traditional textiles processes, bringing these processes that aren’t necessarily current into the same updated conversation. Coming from a background in textiles and fiber processes, I have a lot of appreciation for highly crafted textiles; embroideries, knotted rugs, etc.; I think a lot of these processes are very beautiful and exciting and deserve to be pulled from the kitschy/crafty realm we normally see them in."
Maegan Stracy has indeed pulled these techniques from the kitschy realm and capitulated them into current fashion memory where indeed her interpretations and creations will remain until her next ingenious collection surpasses it.
Photos by Miles Fermin
Models: Jannet' Coleman and Benja Lyman
Words/ Jamie-Maree Shipton