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Gothic art was a style that developed in the mid 12th century and was an era of God’s Excellency and people’s humility. Architecture, painting and sculpture were strongly marked by the religious motives of Christianity. Architecture was the most expressive among these arts and it combined Gothic style with powerful objects, showing its strength with details like rosettes, glass partitions and Christian symbols. With this collection I introduced rays of light into materials by using notches and transformed shapes from outside the body. As a contrast to strong details on leather there is a light and poetic feeling to the material that mitigates the collection and adds a bit of romanticism. I combined investigation of this era and people’s characters with the Eastern world and the Islamic religion. Rich jewellery is applied as small braided notches so one can feel a connection with Eastern religions and suffering. Covered faces and curiosity about what is under metres of dark material drive us to investigate forms that are shown through body movement. Maybe underneath it all, there is hope.
About the Designer
peter is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He studied at University of Ljubljana and graduated in 2011. His collections are produced in Slovenia.
Peter Movrin is known for his impressive unisex pieces with massive silhouettes. His work has won numerous prizes and was part of exhibitions such as the MoBa Biennale, where his graduation collection Franz Madonna was shown next to Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Martin Margiela and Prada. Lady Gaga has been spotted wearing several of his creations.
Movrin's main inspiration has always been his childhood, where tradition, God and meat were the subject of everyday life. As an only son of a butcher in a small Slovenian town, surrounded by woods and bears, his growing up marked him with a roughness that he transcends in his designs with a special kind of romanticism. In this hard provincial life meat became his medium of expression, as a child he would carve steaks in a way that would appeal to his bewildered eye. There were, however, also fresh issues of Vogue magazines in the house, brought from trips to Trieste, that stirred up his imagination.
Because he wanted to understand garments in-depth he first studied fashion textile, but was soon drawn to designing. He designs with meticulous attention to detail and longing for newness. Leather and wool are still his favourite materials. To get the effect of surprise he juxtaposes these two traditional materials with others, perhaps not typically associated with the textile industry. An important part of his design process is treating natural and synthetic fabrics with various methods, using heat, chemicals or other techniques, thus combining innovation and tradition.
Peter Movrin's ambition is not to create clothes but rather adornments for body. The thinking process behind each of his multi-functioning designs is understanding garments as something very dear and precious, as something that is meant to last, like a great piece of jewellery. He is tremendously passionate about craftsmanship, couture and handmade details, believing this is the one real advantage of young independent designers. To get to that level of craftsmanship all of Peter Movrin clothes are made in Slovenia, Europe.
Movrin is currently finishing his MA degree at University of Ljubljana.