Presented at Oxford Fashion Studios, the annual independent fashion showcase in Oxford, England, designer Susan Hollingsworth showcased her SuKaz Spring/Summer 2022 Collection. Unveiled during London Fashion Week, each SuKaz jacket, created by Hollingsworth, is the product of 20 years living in international locales.
A labor of love between designer, textile artisan, and seamstress; the wearable art pieces serve as tangible reminders of cultural craft passed down through generations. Telling a unique story, threads of ancient traditions are interwoven with flashes of contemporary elegance. Each jacket is a reflection of countless hours spent haunting markets and bazaars from Africa to the Middle and Far East, points along the Silk Road of Central Asia, and the mother lode, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul.
The fiber art panel in each jacket is original, showcasing needle art techniques including embroidery, fabric origami, needle felting, ribbon work and appliqué. An individual panel can take up to 50 hours from start to finish, not including the intensive training process each artisan undertakes to learn basic techniques.
Buttons are often hand-crafted, tatted, kiln-forged (metal) or kiln-fired (glass), and the fabrics themselves might be embroidered, manipulated through smocking and folding, or handwoven on wooden looms. Crafted to the finest detail, SuKaz jackets are one-of-a-kind works of art.
The way each jacket has been designed makes them suitable for various dress sizes and body shapes. SuKaz staff is on hand to advise on specific pieces and so will talk to you to find out, based on what you need your SuKaz piece to be, which is the piece for you to make you feel great wearing it.
To learn more about SuKaz please visit: https://sukazjackets.com/.
About Oxford Fashion Studio
Since 2009 Oxford Fashion Studio, led by Carl Anglim and Tiffany Saunders, has helped 700+ designers from 70+ countries to launch collections into the UK, USA and European markets. The company began at Oxford University and then grew from there to London, New York, Milan and Paris producing shows and campaigns for independent designers across all four fashion capitals. To learn more please visit: https://oxfordfashionstudio.com/.
Source: LFW, SuKaz, Oxford Fashion Studio