Andrea Brocca Makes Paris Couture Debut With ‘Equilibrium’
“The world’s youngest couturier” presents an opulent collection inspired by divine proportions.
As we go about our daily routines, most details in our surroundings may go unnoticed by many of us. But not to Andrea Brocca. “Growing up I’ve always been so inspired and obsessed with the notions of classical beauty and where they came from,” the Italian-Sri Lankan designer and couturier wrote on Instagram.
“From ancient Grecian architecture and aesthetics to renaissance paintings and sculptures, to the shape of shells and the lines of sound waves, I wondered, why do certain things look and sound so perfect, and why do others not?”
When he was 16, Brocca received the title of World’s Youngest Couturier by Guinness World Records; since then, he’s dressed the likes of Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and Rina Sawayama, stunning the fashion world with the sculptural surrealism of his pieces. Now, the designer is making his Paris couture debut with Equilibrium, an off-schedule capsule collection inspired by organic, divine proportions and architectural details.
Brocca’s signature opulence is channeled through ultra-feminine pieces, such as the spiral gown with structured logarithmic spiral pattern sequences at the hips and chest, presented in red and white. Or the sustainable touch in the golden chain dress made using deadstock chains from several fashion houses, reassembled as an evening gown with matching gloves and a headpiece.
Dream-like extravagance builds up in pieces like the eco-leather tailoring ensemble with structured star-shaped elements on the shoulders and sleeves built as waves. The look was created with a pattern cutting process derived from the Fibonacci sequence logarithmic spiral, and the leather was made using repurposed fibers from industrial glove factories.
Finally, the “sound wave cape,” a white structure that almost looks like folded paper, was designed by translating sound waves into a three-dimensional shape, creating a boxy corset piece. Just like the other looks, it also captures the ideas of balance and minute symmetry.
According to Brocca’s posts, by applying the logarithmic spiral to his pattern cutting process to create “3D structures out of flat fabrics through spiral pleating.” he was able to generate nearly zero waste – which, the designer points out, could be an important step to take couture into the future through a process inspired by nature.
“My aim is to challenge the classical notions of couture, and use my work as a platform to explore the limits of art and creativity within fashion,” Brocca wrote on Instagram. “This is only the beginning,”