Mathieu Mirano is a mere 20 years old and a "drop out" from Parson's, yet he is already showing his collection at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. The young designer’s presentation tantalized the senses with music, sculptures and beautiful clothing inspired by his travels to Asia. The collection came to life with inspirations drawn from a dream he had of a strong woman that conquered a dragon and rode it away beneath the vivid sun. These inspirations were carried out to the very last detail from makeup to jewelry to the hardware and embroidery seen on the dresses. The ambience was equally as thrilling with intense classical music playing in the background as a soundtrack to the warrior’s journey. It turns out that Mathieu studied classical piano and garners stimulation from classical composers as well. Hanging overhead were ominous metal dragonheads that seemed to be roaring their approval. Models stood on a tiered stage in the middle of the room in fierce poses as if to say, “I’ve conquered the dragon!”
It didn't take long to notice all of the thought and effort that went into creating an otherworldly experience for Mathieu's first show at Lincoln Center. Pops of red and gold amidst the dark background immediately drew attention. Upon further examination the ornate details of Eastern influence became apparent. The embroidery and sequins were meant to represent dragon scales and sunbursts. Exposed zippers evoked images of the backbone and tail of a dragon. Metal cuffs, earrings and rings were all handcrafted in the fashion of the dragons overhead. Iridescent eyeshadow glistened against the clean faces of the models reminiscent of reptilian eyes.
His craftsmanship was superb with an acute attention to detail. He took a very artistic approach to the feminine silhouettes using leather and heavy embroidery alongside silk chiffon and organzas playing up a strong yet feminine warrior. The designs clearly created a juxtaposition between strong and soft while complimenting the womanly physique. Amongst the crowd were murmurings about "the next McQueen". While that has yet to be determined, one thing is for sure: his talent far surpasses his age.
Find more images and a video from Mathieu Mirano's show at MBFW here.
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Photo credits: Steve Hellerstein and Andrew Werner