“I usually act on instinct,” explains London-based designer Hannah Barr. The Glasgow native, whose pieces often look more like sculptures than more expected articles of apparel, says she came on slow to fashion. “I did look at Vogue from a young age, but then I was more into the models than the clothes!” Barr relates. “I suppose it evolved from there into me wanting to make clothing for these people and move to London.”
Today, Barr looks to artist Karla Black and “an image of a plastic bag that has been made into a t-shirt” to create cold, sensual items. A ruffling, Ghesquière-reminiscent, one-shouldered crop top and deep slit asymmetrical gown are two of them. Barr’s starting point is often structure and fabric—more than anything too “deep or abstract,” she says. “I don’t try and intellectualize my work too much. But I trust my instincts. The industry is so saturated now, if you’re going to come into this industry you have to have something to say.”
Styling by Peter Aluuan. Makeup by Emma Williams using MAC Pro Cosmetics. Hair by Yumi Nakada-Dingle using Aveda. Model: Julia Suszfalak at IMG. Photographer’s assistant: James Donavan.