This category of design mentors within my research include local fashion designers from Australia and New Zealand. The first designer I looked at is Australian designer Jade Sarita Arnott for her label Arnsdorf. Originally I spotted an image of her work in a book which led me to look further into the designer. Upon examining her other work however, I realise the label aesthetic bares little sports influence.

Arnsdorf Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2010/11Arnsdorf1

S/S 2010/11 (,  Unknown Title (Arnsdorf)


Based in Australia Dion Lee is the next local designer I looked at. Lee’s work combines Sport inspiration with a tailoring twist (below, left), whilst exploring futuristic moods and silhouette distortion (see below, centre, right). Lee utilises sport inspired techniques (see below) such as cut-outs, paneling, layers and some print, demonstrating a sense of figure dissection.

 Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2011-12. Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2009. Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2009.
Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2011/2012 ( 2012), Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2009, Dion Lee Spring/Summer 2009 ( 2009)

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Similar to David Koma (who’s work I discussed in the emerging designer entry), Lee often accentuates the elbows and knees of the figure, in this case through use of cut outs and fabric manipulations (above right).


The next label I looked at was an Australian street label which was recommended to me: Ksubi by George Garrow and Dan Single. Their work is heavily denim and leather focused, with some sport inspiration (seen below). As a street based label it could act as a suitable design mentor, but in terms of their aesthetic, the Spring/Summer 2010 collection is the only one I found which had strong correlations with my aesthetic (bottom right).

Lookbook Ksubi Spring Summer 2012 (Rush Magazine 2012), Ksubi Spring/Summer 2010 ( 2010)


Another Australian designer recommended to me was Christopher Esber, who’s work displays evidence of classic tailoring, reinterpreted in a sport inspired manner. Similar to Dion Lee, Esber employs cut outs and panels, but uses more boyish figure shaping. His work uses limited colour palettes, transparency and dissection but in much more rigid formats than other designers I have looked at.

 Christopher Esber Australian Fashion Shows S/S 2011/12Christopher Esber Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2010/11Christopher Esber Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2010/11
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