Already at the time of her high school graduation, Anne Elisabeth F Marthinsen had a passion for hand made artworks and usage of creative techniques with a strong interest in the environment, sustainability and how awareness of environment can be incorporated in design work and fashion. Her designs have most recently been featured in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK as part of our Global Young Talent, read more to get to know this feminine and romantic designer in depth.
1. What is your biggest inspiration as a fashion designer?
What nature provides and its ability to renew, have inspired both my work in interior design and in the design of womenswear. I love travelling, and I often find myself getting inspired by different cultures, different ways of life and how nature is embedded in people’s lives. One of my favourite destinations in the countries in Asia. Their fashion is unique, and they are much more willing to experiment with fashion compared to many other regions.
2. What made you decide to design a womenswear line?
During my first year as a student at ESMOD, I also considered menswear. As femininity is one of the main elements in my interior design work, I decided to bring the same into my design for clothing. I like how the female shape influences the designs and find it often more comparable with the shapes in nature. Almost everywhere I look into nature - the trees when they are bending in the wind - how the flower buds open and turn into a beautiful flower, I find feminine elements supporting this decision.
3. Do you take the sustainability aspect into consideration while designing?
Compared to many of my fellow students, I wanted to consider an alternative approach in the sense that the collection also should have a significant element of contribution from nature. My idea was that the colouring process includes an environment-friendly element coming from materials collected in nature. This also to support a long term and sustainable production process. I achieved this by selecting materials like beans, walnuts, petals and vinegar.
"Almost everywhere I look into nature - the trees when they are bending in the wind - how the flower buds open and turn into a beautiful flower, I find feminine elements supporting this decision."
4. How would you describe your collection?
My collection is romantic, feminine and fragile. In many ways, it combines both nature and environment in a similar way. The collection is mainly directed towards youthful women who have a passion for the environment and are expressing the same by wearing feminine designs. The idea of using natural dyes is cross-cultural and can easily be adapted to express different themes. The sense for nature is expressed in details shaped like flower petals and the clean, feminine design.
5. How would you describe your role as a fashion designer?
I would probably say that I, first of all, will ensure to keep and promote my main values within sustainability and environment with a clear target to preserve. These values I would like to bring into new trends and ideas. I prefer to create designs and clothes which appeal to a small group of women compared to large manufacturers. My designs should be worn by women being highly conscious of their values and the message they want to give.
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Words by Katarzyna Korcz