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Ippon Print – Womenswear

I was commissioned by independent Melbourne fashion label Chorus to create a textile design and embellishments for their latest collection called The Realease. The idea behind the prints was the following:

Judo uniforms, motifs and terminology. Stills from 1978 martial arts film ‘Heros of the East’ and vintage instructional magazines presenting movement frozen in time.

I wanted to create a textile print design that from far away had a traditional look and feel, but when looking at it closer, you could discover the basic elements of the pattern becoming a non-conventional print, and containing in itself two layers of information.

Elements of the Judo uniform can be seen in soft suiting, tie fastenings and generous proportions. Literal motifs of judo men caught in motion are printed onto jersey styles and laser cut from multi coloured acrylic appearing in the form of jewellery, accessories and embellishment. Judo terminology reflecting physical or emotive characteristics is used to name each piece.

This is the first collaboration with Chorus and so far the experience has been fantastic. The printed garments, the embellishments and the jewellery created from the judo silhouettes are fantastic.

Chorus showcased their collection The Release at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2014 in the Designer Runway 4.

Following the print design, Chorus created a series of acrylic embellishments.

Another application of the Ippon Print was the creation of jewellery, in this case a pendant.