Ilona Hars’ collection is inspired by her home county, Norway, and the colour, texture and shapes found in nature. This was her main starting point for choice of colour and fabrics and her embroidery and manipulation developments. The silhouettes and details are inspired by vintage skiwear from the 1930’s and 40’s. Throughout the collection she focuses on a strong contrast between luxury and sporty, in the use of luxurious, feminine fabrics and sporty webbing and waterproof zips. This contrast is also explored in the embroidery and manipulation design, one example being the embellished webbing design where polyester webbing is embroidered with mohair yarn and cotton perle thread and beaded with Swarovski crystals.




Inspired by the texture contrasts and shapes of the moss growing on the trees, and the sporty ‘stripe’ detail featured in skiwear, she explored ways of combining those two details in a more dynamic form.

Silk/viscose velvet hand appliqued around the edge, and bond webbed on to wool crepe. With nylon webbing placed vertically and asymmetrically and handstitched along each edge side.




Inspired by the texture contrasts and shapes of the moss growing on the trees, and the sporty ‘stripe’ detail featured in skiwear, she explored ways of combining those two details in a more dynamic form.

Silk/viscose velvet hand appliqued around the edge, and bond webbed on to wool crepe. With nylon webbing placed vertically and asymmetrically and handstitched along each edge side.




Experimenting with more luxuries ways of featuring the elastic or drawstring waistbands seen in skiwear, she explored English hand smocking as an alternative way of achieving the same volume, with contrasting embroidery detailing to enhance the focus on craft and handwork shown throughout the collection.




Through researching the details, silhouettes and construction of the skiwear from the 1930’s and 40’s, intricate pattern cutting is explored in different ways, for example the organza sleeve-pleat detail. Pleats are extended from the front sleeve into front bodice and stitched down to create a sharp neck detail.






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