Designer Ana Laura Leon layers patterns and fabric to create “mathematical” yet “natural” looks.
Designer Ana Laura Leon layers patterns and fabric to create “mathematical” yet “natural” looks.
October 17

UK Fashion Mag: Alumna’s Garments Explore the Illusion of Motion

The October issue of influential British art and style magazine Dazed + Confused profiles alumna Ana Laura Leon (BFA 2013), a recent graduate of SAIC’s fashion department who—among many other accolades—earned a CFDA+ distinction from the Council of Fashion Designers of America this year and received the full-tuition Swarovski Scholarship in 2011. Exploring the “illusion of motion,” Leon’s reviewed collection includes looks and textiles that morph “with the movement of the viewer rather than just the wearer.” To achieve this affect, the designer layered a variety of sheer, patterned fabrics, “providing her garments with an infinite array of final appearances” depending on the vantage point of spectator. “Every bit of development becomes part of her body of work, part of the feeling and mood,” says SAIC faculty member and Creatures of the Wind designer Shane Gabier. “The collages of fabrics, sketches, and miniature mock-ups become these intricate, beautifully composed works of art on their own. She’s incredibly curious and has a fantastic sense of dimension and spatial reasoning—super mathematical, but somehow very natural at the same time.”