#SAFW designer Q&A: Clive Rundle

An artist in his own right, Clive Rundle has stunned South Africa with his intricately detailed creations on the runway. He returns to the SA fashion week A/W with a collection inspired by the pursuit of beauty.

Clive Rundle at 2013 SA fashion week S/S. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
Clive Rundle at 2013 SA fashion week S/S. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

1) Take us through the design process of one of your garments, from inspiration to production.

No drawings, no sketches, only some new found technically difficult sought after 3D visual.

2) What is beauty to you?

Nature is always a humble reminder of beauty.

Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

3) How do you turn your concepts into something that can be sold?

It takes mostly 3 years before a concept turns into a retail friendly garment.

4) What is the best and worst part about your job?

Worst part has to be finding fabrics locally, Best part, when the collection has its 15 minutes.

2012 SAFW A/W. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
2012 SAFW A/W. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

5) Francis Bacon said: “fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse”. What does this quote mean to you?

Turning a broken canvas into a garment.

6) What are your thoughts on the current state of South African fashion?

Local buyers are looking at home, it seems to be a good trend after a long haul .

2012 SAFW A/W. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo
2012 SAFW A/W. Photo by Simon Deiner/SDR Photo

 

7) What are you showing at the SAFW A/W collections? What was the inspiration behind this range?

We are showcasing the collection that we made in Antwerp under a 3 month mentor-ship with Anne Chapelle and BVBA32 the inspiration behind the range was as always the pursuit of beauty.

8) What does your schedule consist of before and after SAFW?

Countless days of count down days, before, and then countless days before the next one.

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