Marit Ilison

Black Sheep


tallinn / estonia


estonian academy of arts

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Tiled as "the true poetess of clothing" by French haute couture magazine Stiletto, Marit Ilison is a multi-disciplinary artist and a designer mixing deep concepts with feelings and eye-catching form. For her, everything starts from a concept or a feeling. Her main goal is to create experiences and haunting, memorable feelings, to have and to keep – be it a mind blowing site-specific installation or an act of wearing a simple black dress. Marit Ilison received her MA in Fashion Design from the Estonian Academy of Arts and gained experience in London, Copenhagen, Antwerp, Paris and Berlin. Arising from a great passion for concepts, pattern-making and tailoring, as well as interest in human existence and perception, Marit Ilison’s work is a mesh of complex strands of thought and precise, often time-consuming technical execution yet designing timeless ready-to-wear pieces that allow for effortless dressing and comfort. Her collection Longing For Sleep caught the eyes of many at the 29th Hyéres festival and has brought her the Vogue Talent 2014 title. In 2014 Marit has been awarded with the Estonian Young Designer Award SÄSI and in May she was awarded with the most prestigious art award in Estonia, the Kristjan Raud Award, being one of the youngest laureates and the first fashion designer to ever receive it.
Ilison’s projects have been featured in different international magazines like The New York Times, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italy, Womens Wear Daily, Dezeen, Stiletto, It's Nice That and VICE among others.