“Urgent Experiments on Reality” is Sól Hansdóttir’s debut collection after graduating last spring from Central Saint Martins. The designer proposes a collection of 10 looks. All garments are made in her studio in Reykjavík, Iceland using local resources.
Sól Hansdóttir’s AW22 collection is her debut after graduation last spring where the recent graduate was granted the L’Oréal Creative Awards for her major collection at Central Saint Martins in 2021. Sól proposes a collection of 10 looks; “Urgent Experiments on Reality”, an experiment on using garments to test our perception of reality.
The collection was premiered at London Fashion Week with DiscoverLAB. Sól explores creating a fashion collection in a “non-fashion city” using local resources and production. Sól’s signature Spiral Tailoring is developed through the collection. Icelandic wools in colour on colour, layers together for an off kilter deconstruction and reconstruction of these familiar garments. Vibrant tones of violet and yellow are set with beige, aggressive reds, corny peach and sweet pink. The wool was sourced both locally from Ístex as well as from the sustainable Danish wool manufacturer Kvadrat. Other fabrics and materials were thrifted and / or bought deadstock. The raw horse hair is sourced from Sól’s family farm and were used to create some very special pieces. The knitwear pieces were developed locally, using locally sourced, sustainable wool and fully finished by hand in the studio.
The video was created in collaboration with the Icelandic photographer Anna Maggý. The concept of experimenting on reality is materialised by playing with perception. Water-like reflections of identical twins in the sculptural garments create abstract images of reality.
With the collection Sól subverts the reality of a garment, questions the fashion supply chain while challenging the idealisation of a fashion city by working between Reykjavík and London. All garments are made in her studio in Reykjavík.