Revisiting and building on the original project from 2006 - the aim of which was to explore the audio possibilities of garments - the SHOWstudio team decided to give our The Sound of Clothes initiative a 2013 spin! In the run up to the recent womenswear shows, we visited the studios of designers Mary Katrantzou, Sibling, Piers Atkinson and Matthew Williamson and recording the sounds of them making their S/S 14 collections. The new incarnation of Sound of Clothes, titled Studio Sessions, takes the form of four tracks created by sound designer Stu Sibley that use the unique sounds captured in each studio - some noises appear exactly as they were recorded while others have been stretched and manipulated. The songs, which include sounds ranging from from knitting machines and tinkling crochet needles at Sibling to pattern cutting and gemstone application at Mary Katranztou have been remixed by Sibley and then set to 3D visuals, which are presented in colours taken directly from catwalk looks. All in all, the four songs - which will be launched across the coming weeks - offer a completely new take on each of the featured designer's collections and capture the diversity of London Fashion Week. Today we're proud to kick off the project with Sibling and Mary Katranztou's songs! Listen to Sibling's track now and stay tuned for Katrantzou's track, launching later today.
Eager for more sound goodness? We've also launched an accompanying essay by fashion researcher and historian Maria Echeverri. The piece traces key periods through their relationship with sound. 'Dress allows the body’s natural sonorous state to be manipulated, suppressed or amplified, while the degree of experimentation in any given period is dictated by the culturally laden and chronologically specific institution of fashion. Sound in clothing, while never entirely absent, is more easily identifiable at certain moments in the history of dress,' she writes.