Tuesday, May 26, 2009
above (from top): spider gloves and knit hood from A/W 09 lookbook
all images courtesy of Daphne and Vera Correll
Daphne and Vera Correll are twin sisters from Germany with a talent for spinning fairytale pieces out of knits and other natural fabrics. Since relocating to New York about three years ago, the sisters have maintained their focus on quality over quantity, selling many of their pieces privately via their Chinatown studio and select boutiques worldwide. I had a chance to speak with Daphne Correll about their unique and beautiful line, most of which is made by hand and/or produced in cooperation with local craftsmen and seamstresses. Read on to learn more about their wearable works of art...
Daphne and Vera Correll, twin sisters from Berlin who both studied design and photography, began their first fashion design collaboration around 2002 with a few t-shirt designs, rearranging logos from printed t-shirts to produce a collage of what Daphne describes as "weird images" along with embroidery elements. Those t-shirts were so popular with friends that soon, boutiques came calling, and two or three years later, Opening Ceremony picked up pieces and the idea for a full collection was born.
Around 2005, the sisters were facing geographic difficulties: "Vera was living in New York and I was in Berlin," Daphne recalls. "We started making our first proper collaborative collection [via long distance communication] and when she came to visit, we would go over the samples."
The sisters threw themselves into producing full collections and began showing in Paris and New York. It was only three years ago that the sisters decided to relocate to New York. "We decided to move here because we like it better," Daphne explains.
Over time, the Corrells began to work with more intricate knitting and construction techniques: "Some pieces got more complex and more elaborate," Daphne says. "And others... because I am not working with so many stores now, I can put more time into single pieces." Their latest collection for Autumn/Winter 09, inspired by medieval armor, antique Japanese folk textiles, gold, abstract pastel paintings and Bergman's The Seventh Seal, plays with textures and textiles with the precision of classical paintings, while maintaining modern, fluid lines.
above: a silk knit dress A/W 09
above: gold knit leggings A/W 09
Because of the time-consuming process to create their clothing and accessories, the Corrells keep their business highly personal with limited edition pieces, but that's just the way they want to keep it for now. "My main objective is to make sure that I do what I want to do and really like making clothes, accessories, shoes and bags. Having enough time and freedom to do that," Daphne explains. "I feel like to maintain that in NYC is such a challenge. There is so much pressure to make a lot of things and I don't want to go there. I want to stay on course and do things my way."
above: knit skirt and spider gloves A/W 09
above: stained silk skirt A/W 09
above: black knit hood A/W 09
For more information about the line, check out http://daphneandveracorrell.com/. The Autumn/Winter 09 collection will be available in September and is carried at stores such as Impulse in Seattle, Stand Up Comedy in Portland and Ooga Booga in Los Angeles.
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