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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. Her rock-chick aesthetic was further honed when she et her partner, meteorite jewellery designer Paris Kain, who was inspired by Giefer to create a range of naturally dyed silk kimonos after he became obsessed by her koi fish.
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.
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 her on special pieces using her custom made fabrics on their runways.
Above: Taiana’s collaboration with Calvin Klein
All of her collections are handmade and naturally dyed 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 one’s 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.”
The designer is planning to expand her range from wearables into interior design; namely decorative wall hangings made from boiled wool. Watch this space!
We’ve selected a range of Taiana’s work, beautifully displayed in this inspiring photo shoot below, but you can see even more of her work by clicking here.