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MILAN GURU JOINS UWE FASHION TEAM
17 July 2002
UWE Fashion and textile students will now enjoy insights into the international Fashion scene courtesy of Milan designer Malcolm McInnes who has recently joined the fashion teaching team.
“It’s a real coup for the Faculty", enthused the Dean, Professor Paul Gough, “Malcolm will engage students with the design and business realities of breaking into the competitive world of international fashion design.”
Malcolm has worked in Italy for 15 years and his collections are conceptual but wearable. He sells to ‘Concrete’ in London, ‘Dantone’ in Milan and Beams in Tokyo, amongst others. These shops are aimed at trendy stylists shopping for the likes of Robbie Williams, the Beckhams and Kylie Minogue.
Malcolm honed his design talents by working with internationally renowned designers like Rifat Ozbek and John Galliano. Malcolm said, “I am concerned with groundbreaking new concepts in and for the fashion industry and not the mass market end. I came to fashion via a rather unusual route. I initially began my training as a sculptor and became interested in the textural aspect of ceramic sculpture. I went on to study Fashion and Textiles at St Martins School of Art in London and the rest as they say, is history.
“I have found that it is important to be very focused on what you want to achieve. It is all too easy to become seduced by the shows, publicity and becoming a famous name. If you want to stay in the industry rather than being gobbled up by it, it takes a lot of courage and vision to be able to say no to certain things. I have found that it is crucial to establish good and ongoing rapport with shops, the media and industry.”
Malcolm’s collections sell worldwide in America, Italy, Belgium, Spain, UK, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China and his work has been featured in Collezioni, Elle Italia and Marie Claire to name a few. He established his own label for womenswear in 1998 and for menswear in 2000.
Malcolm said, “ I am looking forward to sharing my experience with the students at UWE.”
Malcolm McInnes designs and produces in Italy both a Womenswear Collection and a Menswear collection. The last three seasons he has been present at the ‘Pitti Uomo’ fair.
His collections are inspired by geometric shapes and symbols, as on-going and unique elements of his own personal and creative way of constructing the garment, the weave and design.
The Malcolm McInnes Woman is chic and feminine, strong minded and independent. The Womenswear collection is composed of 70% fabric and 30% knitwear. The fabrics used are prevalently Italian in wool/cashmere or 100% silk. The clothes have inventive cuts that move around the body accentuating the sinuous form. The patterns for the garment are intricate and complex to make. Large imposing accessories complement the clothes which are heavily adorned with stones, crystals and glass.
The Menswear collection is a complete informal collection with 70% knitwear and 30% fabric. The workmanship of the knitwear is complicated for both the research of the yarn and the construction of the garments: there are jacquard designs, labyrinth motifs in turquoise and moss green. Reversible knits with digital designs and 3 dimensional effects for mosaic compositions. To be able to achieve this level of workmanship it is important that the understanding between designer and producer is such that the producer interprets to the letter the designer’s vision. The producer of Malcolm McInnes is the same as for Givency, Galliano and Oscar della Rente.
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