Mimi Talks to Antoni & Alison Part 1

BATD ON Jun 01, 2009 AT 9:32 am

Antoni & Alison

Antoni & Alison

Meet design duo Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts. The pair met whilst studying at Central St. Martin’s, after graduating they launched their own fashion label in 1987.

They began designing eye catching T-shirts with funny statements emblazoned on the front, which were an over night success. With their whimsical approach to fashion, the brand has continued to go from strength to strength ever since. We had a chat with them to find out what really inspires them, and why Antoni favours Napoleon Bonaparte’s wardrobe.

Read on to find out more…

I remember buying your first range that came vacuum packed, tell us how your label has evolved since you started…
20 years on – we still have all of the enthusiasm for working together that we started out with… Still being an art based independent fashion design duo. The ‘Fantastic’ Bag that we have just designed for Fanta fits into this ‘Pop’ side of our design work – just like the vacuum packed T-shirts did. We started very simply with just T-shirts – now it has grown into everything we would want a woman to wear…at this particular moment in time.

Antoni and Alison Sping/Summer 09

Antoni and Alison Sping/Summer 09

Describe your collection for this season and what’s your stand out piece?
For A/W 2009 Antoni & Alison have been very interested in the idea of a woman ‘Dressing Up.’ We worked with the abstract concept of minimalist ‘Fancy Dress’ for everyday wear with the idea of making many ‘pieces of one’ – one Dress, one Skirt, one Jumper, one Bag, one Background, one Girl and one Shape in one Dimension. Included in this work, inspired by everything we ever wanted a girl to dress up as, are modern interpretations of: ‘Girl in Uniform’, ‘Nurse’, ‘Sporty’, ‘Superwoman’, ‘Tuxedo’, ‘Champagne Charlie’, ‘Red Riding Hood’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Waitress’, ‘French Person’, ‘Showgirl’.

What do you think about the surge of high street collaborations?
It is an interesting phenomenon – and if done correctly should help the public value a designer’s work more… and help the  designer to understand what people are excited about or aren’t.

If there was an offer on the table would you be interested, and who would you like to collaborate with?
Yes – as an ideal mix we would like to design Women’s wear for GAP – Menswear for UNIQLO – and children’s wear for M&S  – all at the same time …we like to work really hard.

Click here to read part two of our interview.

We’re also offering one lucky reader £250 worth of vouchers and their very own ‘Fanta Bag’ designed by Antoni & Alison, click here to win!

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