Launched in 2002, SHOWstudio's Design Download initiative has a simple and direct aim: to help demystifying the fashion process by offering prestigious designer garment patterns for download via the Internet.
For our tenth Design Download - launched as a special Christmas gift to viewers - J.W. Anderson offers up not one but two patterns, for a leather top and balloon skirt from his acclaimed A/W 13 collection. The asymmetric pieces, which featured in Anderson's first advertising campaign, encapsulate his experimental attitude towards shape and texture. The garments give the wearer the ability to toy with their silhouette. The 'ribbon' that loops through the hole of the skirt can be tied together as the wearer pleases, depending on how much of a balloon effect the individual would like to create.
We will be celebrating the artistic potential of Anderson's pattern with a competition. Once you've constructed your take on the look, simply submit images of your creation to SHOWstudio via Twitter (@SHOWstudio #DesignDownload) and/or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the chance to see your work displayed online in our submissions gallery. Nick Knight and Jonathan will review the entries and select their favourite, which will then become the star of a specially commissioned SHOWstudio fashion film! Who wouldn't want to see one of their creations captured exquisitely on camera at SHOWstudio?
Competition now closed as of 1 April 2014! On 19 May, after much deliberation from Nick Knight and J.W himself (our esteemed judges), we announced the winner: Ryan Rodriguez. Rodriguez is currently a student at Central Saint Martins and reinterpreted the dress into a dynamic fringed creation using chinese silk, poly latex and cotton. His pieces will now star in a specially commissioned SHOWstudio fashion film. Congrats Ryan and well done to all who entered!