I’ve never wanted my work to fit in some kind of template or to be educated in what’s acceptable or not – this gives birth to fear which is void of any sense of art and only leads to being a follower.
Who is Magorzata Dudek?
Born in Poland, Malgorzata Dudek is a London-based fashion designer. Malgorzata is not a newcomer to the fashion industry, in fact her creations have been featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Madame Figaro Paris, L’Officiel, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Grazia, Amica Italia, Z!NK, Vestal, and Bullett, as well as top internet sites and blogs.
She credits her lack of traditional fashion school education for her freedom of imagination and creativity. This creative hunger has been recognized and awarded by publications such as Madame Figaro Paris (top jury prize in the White Swan contest) and Glamour Magazine Poland (nominated Woman of the Year in Fashion). However, it was her Spring-Summer 2012 collection, entitled Giger’s Goddess, that brought her at the centre of the international fashion industry. In her own words:
My desire with this collection is to honor to H.R. Giger, pay him tribute, and show how his influence resonates in the world of fashion. When I started sketching this collection and planning the fabrics, I couldn’t see it complete without elements of H.R. Giger’s artwork. And what better way for me, as a designer, to honor a man who’s Biomechanical vision has massively influenced architecture, film, music, tattoo art, fashion and industrial design. Last February, I sent sketches to H.R. Giger through his agent and to my surprise, I heard back almost immediately and was given creative freedom to incorporate a jointly agreed upon selection of Giger’s art!
Within days of releasing her Giger’s Goddess collection lookbook, Refinery29, Fashionising, Elle China, and Marie Claire China (to name a few) called her ‘The Next Alexander McQueen’ to which she replied ‘there is only one Alexander McQueen’.
Her celebrity list has grown to include: Coco Rocha, Michelle Harper, Taylor Momsen, Paz de la Huerta, Izabella Miko, Rachel Bilson, Chelsea Wolfe, Dawn Richard and Macy Gray. International musicians have also been quick to call Malgorzata Dudek a favorite: Hong Kong superstars Joey Yung and Kary Ng, German superstar Nena, Polish icon Justyna Steczkowska and Russian pop-stars Nikita and Karina Koks all are on Malgorzata’s dressed-in list.
We are glad to share with you three astonishing videos that we love:
The Arachne Collection
Inspired by the myth of Arachne and a 1960’s NASA experiment where spiders were exposed to various drugs, Malgorzata Dudek developed a challenging noir architectural collection, featuring a plethora of fabrics (silks, cotton, jersey, wool, sheer netting, laser cut metal elements , and imitation leather). As Malgorzata Dudek said:
The webs which they spun under-the-influence were so different and unbelievable, that I couldn’t get them out of my head. I started researching more about spiders and gathering all the information and pictures I could about them. Their shapes, colors and nature are just spellbinding. When reading into some of their stranger behavior, I remembered learning about the myth of mortal Arachne challenging the goddess Athena. It was a dramatic and romantic tale which I can closely relate to.
As a vegetarian, Malgorzata Dudek is commited to using materials that are cruelty free. Besides, she works on regular basis with alternative and recycled materials:
Recycled materials played a very big role in this collection. Most notably, some time ago I salvaged most of an old couch which I planned on converting into a dog bed. However, my dog was disappointed when I used it to create a massive structured dress.
Taking into consideration her defense of boundary-free quality, her passion for alternative and recycled materials, and her longing for singularity, we could not help but include her in this series of blog posts.