My mission is to return the forgotten value to handmade pieces, when their own essence turns them into works of art that will last beyond time.
I mean to generate wardrobe favourites out of sustainable fabrications and techniques, maintaining a careful consideration, appreciation and a conscious approach; hoping to reshape the way people perceive and wear clothes.
I hold a timelessness concept, embracing personal style over trends. Working in the direction of a positive and permanent change in the fashion industry, I strive to preserve and promote the fresh and innovative use of traditional handwork. I am willing to influence the collective consciousness towards extending the life of garments, by reducing industrial waste and returning to the appreciation of true fashion design.
Within the dialogue between my hands and my soul, I am constantly exploring to stretch any rule. My studio is daily transformed into a laboratory, where being process-led is the source of my practice. Allowing each piece to develop in its own direction, I flow through continuous experimentation involving unique elements and an original manipulation. Innovation in textile combinations is the main character, within this fusion lies the value of an unrepeatable material.
My pieces are mainly made to measure, making sure that each design will carefully suit it's wearer, both in style and size. Each piece emanates a sense of freedom, where textures, forms, dimensions and aesthetic join in a majestic silhouette. I enjoy playing with the translucency of the materials and the impact the reflection of light or shadow will have on the skin of the wearer. Predominantly adopting black, I look to soften the boundaries of my pieces, drawing lines that shape a harmonious effect and give a sense of movement, growth and ever-expanding.
The aspect that highlights my design identity is the intense attention to detail - from the inside to the outside. From the finest hand finishing of the inner lining, right through to the outer packaging, there is always a connection, either through the same materiality or perhaps the techniques adopted.
I find myself bounded to the piece I’m creating, introducing unconventional designs and an extraordinary touch that separates them from the mainstream. Thinking and creating beyond established social norms, the frontiers between fashion, costume and art are transcended.
Constantly allowing herself to play with art and its infinite forms of expression, Nikole has manifested her aesthetics through diverse creative mediums: from fashion to theatre, film, make-up, photography, art direction and set design.
Nikole found through millinery a fusion of these multi-dimensions. Captivated by how boundaries disappeared when it came to shapes, materials or volumes, she began a journey where artisanal and innovation intertwine to reveal the authentic uniqueness from the handwork.
Before moving to London in April 2019, Nikole was living in Argentina, where she is originally from. After the experience of having her own clothing store and workshop in Buenos Aires, Nikole found herself the opportunity to expand her own frontiers and enter the fabulous world of the Teatro Colón Opera House.
After two years of acquiring costume wisdom and the secrets behind the scenes, the theatre became her trampoline for new adventures.
Since arriving in London, Nikole found her way to do work experience at the Royal Opera House and began working at Burberry as a freelancer, giving her the flexibility to keep focused on her business as well as growing her experience.
At the beginning of this year, Nikole was selected by the Crafts Council as one of their talents to join Hothouse 2020, a creative business development programme that supports artists to grow as a business.
After having the opportunity to appreciate from close the work of some of the best artisans of the world in action, thanks to the Comité Colbert & UNESCO award, Nikole’s burning desire to fight for the craftsmanship to receive its proper glory got emphasised. This privileged access to master-craftsmen, historical archives and long valued artisanal techniques has not only enriched her work and allowed her to develop immeasurable new ideas and knowledge for her future professional career in wearable art, but also grew in Nikole the necessity to inspire and show the value of craft in our history, culture, today and how it will appear to us in our future world.
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