P.Johnson | Australia

The unique light of Australia inspires the tailoring collection of P. Johnson for the 2015/16 International Woolmark Prize


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“The architect Louis I. Kahn once remarked of the Sydney Opera House: The sun did not know how beautiful its light was until it was reflected off this building.

“There is something completely unique about Australian light and colour. As Australians, we live our lives outdoors in this fresh, pure, brilliant sunlight. We are lucky to live a very laidback lifestyle, often on the coast, at the beaches and in the sun. This has always influenced my approach to dressing and how I feel clothes should be worn.

“So for this collection, I wanted to explore the freshness of Australian colour via the technological innovation of Merino wool and the elegance and craft of lightweight tailoring. Tailored clothing needs to look natural on the wearer, to move with the wearer, to look like it belongs to the wearer. It needs to be flattering but also comfortable. Luxury does not exist without comfort.

“None of this would be possible without Merino wool. When designing this collection I wanted to take some of the most cutting-edge elements of that innovation and apply them to specialist lightweight tailoring. As an Australian, being able to present my interpretation of a fibre which I grew up with is a special opportunity.”

[ Gallery Photography: Giovanni Giannoni ]

[ Top Photo: Studio Nonamephoto Firenze ]

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