Ragna Bjarnadóttir is a recent BA graduate in fashion design from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. Her final project is called Monolith – Architecturing a new modernity.

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The collection is inspired by the way women will dress in the future.

I thought of a muse, an almost alien-like woman, who controls a space station far far away from Earth. I watched a lot of sixties futuristic space movies and researched space age silhouettes, Japanese fashion from the eighties, artwork from Lucy McRae and Tara Donovan and the minimalistic photography of Akos Major.

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The patterns and silhouettes are straight and structured but with unexpected details and cuts, which came from my love of origami.

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I wanted the fabrics to have technical and digital textures and look synthetic. I had a leather factory in the north of Iceland make silver leather for me and had digitally printed fabric with my own print made, inspired by artwork that I later found out was itself inspired by the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of my favourite future movies.

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The pink colour that dominates the colour story came unexpectedly through some experiments. I’ve never liked pink much and think it’s way too gendered. I however really enjoyed working with it in a new setting and making it strong, sharp and edgy and never feminine or vulnerable.

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This is our second edition of our yearly round-up of final projects by brand new designers graduating from the Iceland Academy of the Arts.

 

Images by Aníta Eldjárn