“I was inspired by female climbers that used to summit peaks wearing dresses with corsets. To me, that was an act of bravery and strength.”
Ana Cristina Codreanu
I am really interested in digital prototyping, it’s a very sustainable way of working and that is exactly what I did for my The North Face collaboration. I use my The North Face items by taking them apart and then patchwork them into new pattern pieces. I got inspired by female climbers, so this really drove me to create a very feminine exploration gear to continue the legacy of female exploration beyond the boundaries.
Alyssa Carson, who wants to be one of the first people to walk on Mars, was another inspirational figure. “Together they inspired me to create very feminine exploration gear, to continue the legacy of female exploration beyond the imagined boundaries.”
She worked digitally, particularly when pattern cutting, to avoid waste. She also deconstructed the garments by hand, which was time consuming, but it gave her a new insight into the quality of the garment and its details.
The resulting items morphed into completely new garments, like the exploration vest made from a backpack and fleece jacket and the jumpsuit made from a sleeping bag. “As I started constructing my designs the original The North Face construction inspired me once again, which added a new layer to the design’s detailing.”