WOMEN FROM NOWHERE 20/21 collection presents two artisanal denim pieces inspired by a traditional English embroidery technique called Smock. This method was historically used as a way to tailor laborers shirt without wasting fabric while maintaining a certain elasticity. Nowadays the process has become a decorative art. The Smock embroidery usually required lightweight fabric with a stable weave to gather well.
The possibility to create a variety of volumes on the same piece and the challenge represented by the use of Smock on Japanese denim - an atypical fabric for this embroidery - gave birth to the ingenious idea of this handmade look.Usually the Smock technique is used for cuffs and necklines but here it is created on the whole piece to give more relief and a strong attitude at a very feminine silhouette. The TONIA top was created from a 4.5-meter width of denim: the front of the top is stretchy thanks to the smocks, unlike the back thus bringing a beautiful contrast. The TATIA bolero was also created from the pleating of 2.5-meter length of denim. This bolero is unique reinforcing denims look with its strong posture. These two unique looks were exceptionally embroidered by hand in our Paris atelier.
Initially Alexandra had in mind the design of a unique piece: a long-sleeved shirt. The use of Smock forced her to make the top separately from the sleeves for more ease. As the project progressed, it became clear that the top had more strength and modernity without the sleeves, which were a perfect accessory to complete the look.
The design of these pieces was carried out with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.