Lina Michal is a friend of mine, and fellow intern I have met this summer, I always knew she was pretty darn talented, seeing as every embroidered and embellished sample she created was beyond wonderful, but I’ve only just began to realise the full extent of her skill.
Visually I’m sure you’ll agree the work is enticing, but equally so, is her starting point for the collection.
A caption from an interview with Teen Vogue, Lina explains her motives for the collection:
“It’s quite complex. I guess it started when I was at home with my family last summer, and it struck me how I’ve always had this feeling that my dad would have wanted a son (I’m one of two daughters). And how this feeling have, in many ways, made me who I am today. How I try to be less girly and insist that I’m interested in cars, when I’m really not. I want to point out though, that it’s not about feeling unwanted or unloved, I truly have never been any of those things, but it’s about feeling insufficient by nature. Like I can try to be my fathers son all I want but it will never succeed since I am, in fact, irreversibly a daughter. I wanted to translate this feeling, this ambition, of being something that could never be into fashion and I’ve worked with it through materials and prints. One example is the peacock feathers that I’ve cut to look like, or ”pose”, as sequins. It can try to be a sequin all it wants, but of course we can all see that it’s failing at it and how obvious it is that it is a feather. Cutting it also takes it away from it’s actual purpose, to fly with, making it distant from it’s true nature. I guess the whole process was a little bit like sartorial therapy.”
On top of Lina’s exceptional talent, she is a delightful person and a joy to work with!