Lebanese couturier Tony Ward loves European architecture and art. For his Fall/Winter 2018/19 haute couture collection, he took inspiration from stained glass. In the same way these tiny colored pieces of glass form a pattern or a picture full of symbolism when they are arranged together, the couture collection narrates its story through sculpted volumes and enthralling embroideries that replicate the beautiful patterns of stained glass windows.
Transparency is key in this couture collection, in a mesmerizing play of sheer materials mixed with solid fabrics creating windows to the body. Special nuances and volumes are created through these layering of translucency, with see-through details that give the gowns a light, feminine and enigmatic touch.
Tony Ward explored new and unusual ways of folding, weaving and mixing fabrics such as lace, silk crepe, printed transparent screens and embroidered tulle. Some garments made of handwoven ribbons and other complex couture techniques took up to 600 hours to be conceptualized and manufactured.
The color palette is rich, following the enchanting array of vivid colors of the stained glass windows when illuminated by the sun; powder blue, gitane blue, red, gold, white and black.
VIDEO: TONY WARD HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2018/19 FASHION SHOW
Take a seat in the first row and enjoy Tony Ward’s new fashion show which took place in Paris on 2 July 2018.
TONY WARD HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2018/19
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