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Excited by Simplicity; seen at Martin Grant FW9/10 Australian born, at the rue Charlot in Paris based designer Martin Grant presents for fall/winter 2009/10 dresses and coats with surprising details on structure (collars, bustiers) and volume (pleats, tailoring). In this collection magenta flashes over the shadow and asphalt grey, powder rose, night blue and black pieces of day and evening wear in silk, wool, angora, and gauze. The designer, who strongly works from his own personal view on fashion shows his unhasty collections to a small, selected audience which knows about the value to be excited by simplicity. The designer, born 1966 in Melbourne, has launched his first ready to wear line in 1982. He is wellknown for his strong focus on tailoring simple lines and the development of new methods for manufacturing details such as the collar on the articles' page online Martin Grant's style is described on his website as "...a mix of French charm and elegance in an almost sculptural way. The strictly shaped cuts always emphasize the curves of the body. The clothes are functional, with a sharp, geometric and structured silhouette, often military inspired, yet still completely feminine." Figures on 1.) Martin Grant, fall/winter 2009/10. Magenta coat with shell collar (the sculptured collar has left the neckline to become part of the button facing and the shoulders) and over-female tailored waist. The coat is made of angora wool. 2.) Martin Grant, fall/winter 2009/10. The dress has a blossoming flower drapery which forms the body in the bustier and opens its blossom in the pleated skirt.
Martin Grant has received the Cointreau Young Designer Award in Sydney in 1988. After his career in fashion has already started he began to study sculpture at the Victorian College of Arts which has influenced his work on forming the body with clothes such as bustiers and voluminous skirts. After his graduation in 1991, Grant began to train his sculpturing method of making fashion at the constructivist designer Koji Tatsuno in London. In 1992, he moved to Paris and opened his own atelier on Montmartre. In 1996 he opened his first boutique; since August 2005 both, the shop and atelier are in the rue Charlot where he presents two collections at once: the running and the upcoming. Today his fashion is available in China, Japan, Russia, France, Italy, UK, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Canada, US, Australia, New Zealand... Since September 2003 he is designing the private label of Barneys NY. Martin Grant has participated in several art projects to work on design and sculpture. Read more about Martin Grant, view lookbooks, former, current and upcoming collections... on


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