For her debut solo collection, emerging Perth designer Shannon Malone is eschewing “normal” Australian clothing sizes. Instead, the recent Curtin University fashion graduate’s Universal Daywear range embraces all body types by making the range one size fits all. In doing so, the emphasis is on the wearer to interpret the garment in her own unique way.
“Wear it back to front, make it feel masculine or feminine,” suggests Malone. “I really like those traits in a garment.”
The collection is partly inspired by the architecture of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Contempt (starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance) and partly by the idea of a uniform for both work and play. Malone uses denim, wild silk and Japanese voile, which she sourced on a recent trip to Tokyo, as well as luxurious wool-suiting fabric in shades of sienna and lavender. The Japanese influence extends to adopting Issey Miyake’s A Piece of Cloth principal in which minimising the number of seams (or cuts) in a finished garment also helps minimise material wastage.
Malone finishes all garments in her studio and can customise the hem and sleeve length for each customer.