Melbourne-based designers Serpent and the Swan have become stalwarts of MBFWA, where they host multi-disciplinary shows that marry their gothic, androgynous aesthetic to the inspirations behind it, including music and dance.
Here, the designers behind Serpent and the Swan, namely sisters Hayley Smith and Lauri Smith, discuss the inspiration behind their summer 2015-16 collection, which they will present at an off-site location during MBFWA next week, and exclusively share the moodboard they worked from to create said collection.
Image: Serpent and the Swan's inspiration moodboard, for their summer 2015-16 collection, which they will present at MBFWA next week.
What was the starting point for your summer 2015-16 collection?
The starting point was going to Tasmania and bush walking through the Freycinet National Park. There we found Wine Glass Bay where we picked up these amazing shell exoskeleton fossils and that sparked the idea of looking into minerals, fossils, luminous light and exoskeletons which is the foundation of the collection.
Without giving too much away, who were you key influences or inspirations for this season?
The key inspiration is ammonite fossils which are uniquely naturally formed over billions of years. How they reflect the light and mimic animal horns and exploring that idea of the macro and micro universes which exist.
Do you have ongoing influences and inspirations, who always underpin the Serpent and the Swan design process?
Our ongoing inspiration seems to always come from picking up a weird artefact/rock/earth/crystal/nature/insect/animal/bone and that then underpins our whole theme for collection.
You're also heavily influenced by music and performance art? Can you elaborate a little bit on how these interact with your design process?
With every collection we are always listening to different music that helps us create our collection sonically and that very much interacts with our concept and design development process.
Why do you think showing at MBFWA is positive for Serpent and the Swan?
We find it a good platform to get more exposure internationally and it gives us a chance to show our collection and art pieces within an environment that reflects our label. We offer something truly unique rather than your standard fashion based runway show, we want it to be a sensory experience through sound, light, touch, smell and of course sight.
Is there anything exciting we can expect from the show?
Yes. We have the immutable Sophia Brous performing a very haunting ethereal piece for us whilst set amongst a mineral kingdom!
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