Munsoo Kwon | Asia

South Korean designer Munsoo Kwon takes inspiration from the fog of the city for his 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize collection

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“Inspired by the early morning fog, my International Woolmark Prize collection exhibits a sense of vagueness, utilising a colour palette of charcoal and off-white to reflect the morning’s haze and create the foggy atmosphere. The city is cold but warm, and so the collection is based on the peaceful harmony of these two conflicting images.

“The image of white fog surrounding cold grey buildings is warm and soft, just like the warmth we feel from a luxuriously soft piece of wool clothing. Four different shades of wool, from charcoal to off-white, are used to portray the natural feel of warm fog and is achieved by needle punching and gradation techniques.

“Across the street and through the mist is the silhouette of a person; it is unknown if this is a man or a woman. A genderless motive is used throughout the collection to reveal the vagueness in the concept. Round-neck cardigans and a dress-length pullover – widely used in womenswear – are designed as an agenda look for men. Everything is gender neutral in this foggy city.”

[ Gallery Photography: Giovanni Giannoni ]

[ Top Photo: Studio Nonamephoto Firenze ]

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