The Fashion Institute of Technology alumni Margarita & Cristina Ng bring “nature vs nature” phenomena alive with their outstanding designs. In light of their most recent feature as part of our Global Young Talent in the December issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, we had the pleasure of speaking to the twins about how they use interesting materials such as horsehair to create a unique collection.

What was the main source of inspiration behind your collection?

It’s a personal story about us being fraternal twins. Nature versus nurture plays a crucial part in our lives as even though we are twins we perceive life through different bodies but being judged as one. For this project, we apply the grading system of patterns which is the method of converting size or sample size patterns into additional sizes of the body and measurements.
 
 
"It’s a personal story about us being fraternal twins. Nature versus nurture plays a crucial part in our lives as even though we are twins we perceive life through different bodies but being judged as one." 



 
What is your favourite piece of your collection and why?

Every garment is unique because it compliments each other. Let’s put it this way, we imagine it that every piece (of a look) is a piece of jigsaw puzzle and if you remove one piece, the game is not complete. So, that’s how we see it. Therefore, all pieces are our favourites.
 
 

 
What sets your collection apart are a texture created by layering different materials such as horsehair and tulle to create multi-dimensional, could you share your design process with us?

For fabrics and materials, we use natural and synthetic elements for this collection like pressed-heat vinyl applied over textiles such as horsehair, tulle, wool, and denim. These fabrics play a key role in portraying our vision of the important role of “nature versus nurture”. Horsehair and tulle are ones of our main materials because of distinguishing feature of the fabric: sheerness, shapeable, the ability to appear fragile while being a strong fabric, volume and “layerable”. These fabrics’ characteristics: volume, shape, and texture are essential to achieve our desired pieces. So, horsehair comes in different width sizes of braids and colours. In order to create a desired piece, the braids have to be measured to cut then sewn together to create a fabric.

"For fabrics and materials, we use natural and synthetic elements for this collection like pressed-heat vinyl applied over textiles such as horsehair, tulle, wool, and denim."



 

You crated this collection with your twin sister, Margarita. How was your experience of working together on a collection?


We have lived together since birth so it’s natural and normal for us to work together. We have always wanted to work on a collection since undergrad and wanted to pursue it in our master. We have had upside-down moments, but we always work it out somehow. Communication is key when it comes to delivering or bringing your ideas to the table.

What will you take forward from this collection onto your future designs?

Our signature silhouette is oversized pieces and we want to continue using pressed-heat reflective vinyl onto prints, we think it’s a fun touch to our brand identity.

"Our signature silhouette is oversized pieces and we want to continue using pressed-heat reflective vinyl onto prints, we think it’s a fun touch to our brand identity."

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Words by Reka Dala
 
 
 
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