Carapace Cork Fashion Design April 06, 2017 15:10
Amorim has been on a mission to introduce sustainable cork to local designers and they are doing this quite successfully methinks, with some beautiful and interesting new products emerging and being showcased in exhibition-style events.
Last year, promising young fashion designer Megan Taljaard – who completed her degree in Fashion 2012 at FEDISA and was the winner of the Richard Bloom award in her 2nd year – created this captivating carapace dress from cork, specifically to showcase the material.
In Megan’s words:
“The carapace dress is an avant-garde fashion installation piece, created specifically for the ‘The Cork Collection’. The dress is comprised of three layers: the under layer or ‘lining’ is sewn from a cotton-based, grey fabric; the innermost layer, or skeleton of the garment, known as ‘The Carrier’ consists of calico and boning, this is what gives the garment its armour-like structure; and lastly, the outer layer is sewn out of cork, supplied by Amorim Cork SA.”
If you missed out on seeing this intriguing work, then take yourself off to see the 2013 Cork Collection exhibition at The Woodstock Foundry in Cape Town. The Cork Collection features cork objects by local designers Laurie Wiid van Heerden, David Bellamy and Megan Taljaard, alongside wMateria and Alma Gémea from Portugal. It’s on until the 20th of May.
Cork is an interesting material. Its texture makes it striking for interiors and it has been used to stylish effect in retail by Vida e Caffè. But I find it astonishing when used in fashion, as it is all the more unexpected. Have a look at these sneakers, supposedly inspired by an NBA champ dousing himself in champagne… yes, they are a real corker.