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Androgynous Design with Erin Mathias — FORM

Nov 24, 2017 | Fashion Blog

by Cassidy Von Seggern

Inspired by innovative designers such as Off-White ℅ Virgil Abloh, Public School NY, and Acne Studios, Mathias studies past runway collections and incorporates an eclectic mix of styles into her designs. She starts with a sketch and some fabric, and then makes spontaneous decisions, through sewing and cutting. According to Mathias, the final product is often different than the original sketch, as new ideas emerge once she can see and feel the fabric.Her clothing production skills were taken to new heights when Mathias interned with up and coming designer Charles Harbison, whose gender-neutral collections have caught the eyes of Beyoncé, Solange, and Michelle Obama. The summer after her sophomore year, Mathias lived and worked in lower Manhattan, assisting Harbison with garment design, editorial photoshoots, and private client fittings. She was often given substantial responsibility in the studio, and recalls a day where she reconstructed an entire jacket in the span of a few hours for Beyoncé’s CFDA fitting while her boss was in Los Angeles. Her hands-on experience with Harbison encouraged Mathias to continue creating and producing her own garments. The industrial aspect of her F/W17 collection reflects her time spent in New York and her hometown of Pittsburgh, the Steel City. Hard metals are consistent throughout the collection, with silver chains and technical hardware acting as belts and jacket embellishments. The gold pleather crop top is chorded through aluminum nuts as one would find in a tool kit. The breweries of Durham, NC inspired the bottle caps on the olive green sheath dress, which Mathias acquired at The Scrap Exchange.

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