By Chere Di Boscio
Warm, beautiful and soft-spoken, Taiana Giefer is half Earth Mother, half Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen, and her fashion designs embody that duality perfectly.
Born in California, Giefer lived in New York for many years, where she honed her eye for texture, scale and colour. Attracted to Merino wool for its pliability, purity and versatility, she applied an old agitation-felting technique to the material to create pieces that blur the line between art and clothing.
Above: Taiana’s collaboration with Helmut Lang
Her unique, earthy, almost primitive wrap styles suit everything from a simple pair of jeans in the countryside to a bikini on the beach to a trouser suit in the city. The flexibility of Taiana’s designs and richness of their materials resonated with large designers, including Helmut Lang, Francisco Costa (for Calvin Klein) and Rick Owens, who have since collaborated with Taiana on pieces using her custom made fabrics on their runways.
Above: Taiana’s collaboration with Calvin Klein
All of the collection is handmade by Taiana herself, which lends a warm, personalised, organic feeling to each piece. This isn’t surprising, given the intimacy of the production process. Taiana says: “There is so much freedom when ones hands are the main tool in a process, and there is such a large range of personalities that can result in a textile. It feels incredible to be in control of the fabrication and reproduction of one medium into another so naturally. I love to make things in which one can really see the handwork that went into it, while being simultaneously new and innovative.”
We’ve selected a range of Taiana’s work, beautifully displayed in this inspiring photo shoot below, but you can see even more by clicking here.