Since October 2014 Miriam Laubscher is doing her MA at the Royal Fashion Academy of Antwerp. After her BA at the Academy in Antwerp she worked for Alexander McQueen in London and still does freelance work for them at the moment. Before this, she studied at a technical fashion school in Zurich, for two years, where she graduated in 2008. After her degree in Zurich she worked as an intern for Vivienne Westwood in London for the women`s wear Gold Label collection. Additionally she followed an "Experimental pattern making" course at Central Saint Martins college in London and a shoe design course in Brienz, Switzerland.
About her collection:
In the context of an exhibition, the art piece is an ambiguous object. For the artist Lygia Clark, art is a multi-sensory experience: She represents objects that can be manipulated by the spectator, making neutrality impossible for them. By his participation, the visitor replies and build his own story. This approach generates a set of possibilities and ambiguities for the newly created author. To preserve the power of his experience, he might even draw minimal sketches or take pictures and archive his personal interpretation. The idea becomes active in the person, creating a focus on what has captured his memory. This intimate experience the artist had focused on will fill the spectator with various emotions. For this collection, the emotions are illustrated with vibrant colors.
This selection of memories is illustrated by geometrical shapes in my silhouettes, focus points that are close ups of various fabrics becoming a new pattern. By playing with the focus and changing the proportions and perspective, the picture of these fabric samples ends up shaping the silhouette. In the collection, the folds and sculptural shapes from Lygia Clark are re-interpreted into clean and sharp cuts balanced with movement. The long narrow silhouette takes reference from clean, sharp and masculine tailoring, in contrast with a minimal interpretation of classic evening dresses and sport details. This reveals a kind of woman with a real presence, challenging the conventional notions of beauty.