Barbara I Gongini

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BARBARA I GONGINI is a Nordic brand established in the field of international luxury Avant-Garde fashion design, founded in 2005. The core of the BARBARA I GONGINI brand DNA is centered on strength of individual and not on sex or sexual orientation, societal order or other normative pressures, but on playful imaginative tale of craftsmanship that breathes freedom of self-expression.

The BARBARA I GONGINI collections present a different take on Nordic garments, derived from a conceptual approach towards fashion design. The specific construction process is aimed at crafting garments eloquently suitable for both men and women. Structural forms are challenged and experimental pattern-making shape a solemn backdrop for contemporary tailoring.

The design process is comprised of artistically responsible exercises with a particular focus on sustainability. BARBARA I GONGINI aims to contribute to local and global responsibility by pushing the boundaries of ethical fashion. A meticulous creative process can be doted as rather numerical, where design is based on continuous evolvement rather than sheer renewal and instant dismissal.

BARBARA I GONGINI embraces Nordic high-end craftsmanship irreverently. The MAN and WOMAN collections include strong geometric cuts and soft ovoid silhouettes, focusing on the versatility of traditional tailoring. Wearers are encouraged to interact and close forms by selective personalization of the silhouettes, which is named as #multiways.  BARBARA I GONGINI collections are aimed, with its timeless and minimalistic DNA and functionality, to a broad audience, regardless the sex, from the young to the everlasting age customer.

The BARBARA I GONGINI mainline finds its place in a free realm, with form expression and playfulness at its core. A sphere where raw authenticity underlines the process of creation. The experimental and conceptual approach to the garments cuts, choice of fabric and visible treatments, are the center of attention. The collection contains a clear reference to the modular process, where craftsmanship has a strong hold on each garment. The Avant-Garde reference stands out in its full potential, visible through high quality fabric compositions, the construction of designs, as well as organic treatments and washes.

From Barbara I Gongini´s creative well an echo from the Northern Hemisphere has sprung. Since 2017 a new line evolves from the nourished grounds, carrying the name _ norðan. The foundation of norðan is aligned with the imaginary journey to the north and is therefore based around basalt rocks, mist, soil, seawater, moss, rust and driftwood, which is washed ashore. The choice of materials is a reflection of the sent of the north. A tactile exposure of a variety of surfaces. The line is broken down to the essential, where absence of noise is crucial, thus rich on subtle details. The brand contains a silent reflection of the BARBARA I GONGINI DNA. The product features a contemporary timeless look, which contains trend elements as well as touching terms like street, sport, rock and tailoring. In solemn harmony with the natural surrounding. Our story continues.  The collection will be available in the first months of 2018.

The designer: Barbara í Gongini was born in the Faroe Islands and graduated in 1996 from Denmark´s School of Design at the Institute of Unica Design. The designer is an active participant in the Nordic art discourse, working interdisciplinary in close collaboration with various artists in film, music and photography. This  indirectly sets an reflective tone for her creative process. In turn, her work has been featured by artisans across borders in the spirit of her collaborative nature, in a myriad of different shapes with various purposes.

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