Cristóbal Balenciaga worked with fabric like a sculptor might with marble or clay. The designer would whittle and mould his work into voluminous ruffles, ballooning curves and cake-like tiers which went on to form the delicious structures of evening gowns and cocktail dresses.
For AnOther Magazine A/W17, Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji explored tiered clothing with photographer Jackie Nickerson, capturing a selection of seasonal pieces which channel the layers Balenciaga so loved. Here, we explore eight ways to style them.
Transform the sleeve of your jacket into a textural feature by nonchalantly slinging a blazer off one shoulder, allowing the fabric to fall into the layers of a voluminous skirt.
Gigantic sheaths of tulle blooming around your body hint at the botanical, but maintain a sense of the avant-garde with their magnitude.
Sculptural fabric forming satisfying waves alludes to ripples on the sand, or the crimped pattern of a clamshell. A subtle nod toward the nautical.
Dramatic black tiers of taffeta may seem sombre, but they also lend an outfit a particular vibrancy: imagine the swishing sound made as you walk.
Take up horticulture in the most glamorous gardening outfit, with layers of canvas billowing in the wind. Complete with a pair of elbow-length organza gloves and leave your heavy-duty marigolds at home.
An oversized version of a little girl’s tea party dress can make for a grown-up ensemble indeed. Watch out for cake crumbs finding their way into the nooks and crannies of your tulle.
A contemporary take on the bridal meringue, walk down the aisle at your winter wedding in subtle folds of bright white leather. A cotton tank top adds an androgynous edge.
With a high-neck blouson, laser-cut to emulate the delicacy of lace – paired with a shirt tied around your waist to form a modern-day bustle – one can pay homage to Victoriana without looking outdated.
Hair: Jawara Wauchope at Bryant Artists using BUMBLE AND BUMBLE. Make-up: Nami Yoshida at Bryant Artists using NARS. Models: Grace Bol at The Hive Management and Jing Wen at Elite London. Casting: Piotr Chamier. Digital tech: Tim Grant. Photographic assistant: Andy Moores. Styling assistants: Chloe Grace Press, Rebecca Perlmutar, Abigail Adler, Nicola Chan, Sunnie Fraser and Tess Pisani. Casting assistants: Natalia Farnaus and Olivia Langner. Production: Freddie De Santiago at Sylvia Farago Ltd
These images originally appeared in Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine, which is on sale now.