Larissa Hadjio, DEEP SEA - Tony
Larissa Hadjio. Portable Icons
The exhibition “Portable Icons” at stilwerk design gallery is dedicated to women's favourite accessories, focusing on the gloriously eccentric handbag styles by London-based designer Larissa Hadjio. Hadjio uses high-quality materials and innovative techniques to create uniquely elegant yet playful bags, transforming these fashion companions into portable sculptures that make marvellously outré statements.
A handbag can be many different things: a means of transport, emergency helper, guardian of personal wealth or even a communication centre housing mobile phones and laptops. It represents a kind of portable personal space. But handbags also communicate a message to the world; they are an announcement of personal and individual style. Larissa Hadjio's work focuses on this development of the handbag as a status symbol, examining our contemporary trend towards individualization.
Born in Münster, Germany, in 1981, Larissa Hadjio studied Fine Art at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design and Interactive Design at Goldsmiths College in London. She worked for the fashion magazine “Intersection” and was art director and producer at various companies before founding her own label in London in 2011. Inspired by artists including Fischli & Weiss and the designers at Bless, Larissa Hadjio now designs her own, highly individual and elegantly whimsical handbags, which have been featured in prestigious media including ELLE, Vogue, The Telegraph and Harper’s Bazaar.
Larissa Hadjio presents her collections at the Fashion Weeks in London and Paris. The latest collection, “Chic Wawa”, examines the phenomenon of the Chihuahua as a coveted status object in the era of mass media. “Masquerade” was based on by African masks, especially those from Burkina Faso, with a wild beauty that is driven by change and transformation. The “Diamond Vision” collection, on the other hand, features elegant, simple geometric lines and uses soft, monochrome shades of leather offset by subtle black. Inspired by David Attenborough's ocean documentary “Deep Blue”, the “Deep Sea” range elevates exotic creatures from the seas to constant companions. For Larissa Hadjio, handbags are more sculpture than fashion accessory, creations at the interface where art meets design.
The stilwerk design gallery exhibition is the designer's first presentation of a large-scale exhibition of bags from all four collections, showing limited editions created exclusively for stilwerk as well as bags that can be tailored to customers' personal wishes.