FB: Mitra Ghavamian Clothing
It doesn’t matter how we fold an asymmetrical shape – the two halves just won’t match!!
Human attitudes towards fashion are marked by many symmetry-asymmetry concepts as: beautiful or ugly, fit or unfit, tall or short, match or mismatch. Evidently, all these concepts lack philosophical precision and the unity of a consistent thought. It is the element of difference that lies at the heart of asymmetric approaches. I believe looking for fundamental concepts, without trying to search for contrasts, would reduce philosophical gossip and increase unity in the world of fashion.
The outfits in my 2017 collection are off-center and created with odd or mismatched disparate elements. In this collection, I have tried to capture more abstract concepts with positive qualities such as warmth, equality, inclusion, and freedom.
Mitra Ghavamian is a Toronto based artist of Persian origin. She is a graduate of University for Dramatic Arts in Tehran. She moved to Toronto in 1994 and started working as a breakdown artist for films such as X-Men, Bulletproof Monk, and Wrong Turn and theatrical productions such as The Lion King. In 2009, she launched a fashion line named MITRA. Since then, she has brought us edgy collections, which are not only beautiful, but also make a strong statement on our modern western multicultural society.
In 2010 Mitra presented a collection named Passionate Love, which paid tribute to ancient Persian love poems. In this collection, she designed not only the outfits, but also the fabrics, most of which were covered with messages of love written in Persian. In 2011, she presented a collection called White Wedding Uniforms. In this collection Mitra deconstructed the elements of the traditional wedding gown, and re-presented it in a way as to tell the story of a modern, sexual, city-dwelling bride. Mitra’s collection in 2012 was titled Ghashghaie, named after a nomadic tribe who live in the mountains in Asia. This collection reflected the way our physical environment affects our lifestyle, the architecture of our spaces, and our sense of fashion. In 2013, she tackled the idea of fashion as Identity, in a collection called Identity Crisis! Her collection reflected our use of fashion to express our inner conflicts about our identity, gender, and sexuality. Mitra’s 2014 collection, Toggle, was a commentary on our multitasking-obsessed culture. And finally, in 2015, she celebrated her love for Canada’s natural beauty, in which she partook in the Made in Canada movement, with a focus on reusing and recycling in every aspect of our lives, including fashion.
This year, Mitra’s focus is on asymmetry and incompatibility in fashion design. The outfits in her 2017 collection are off-center and created with odd or mismatched disparate elements. In this collection, she has tried to capture more abstract concepts with positive qualities such as warmth, equality, inclusion, and freedom. When asked about her 2017 collection “Incompatible”, she says:
“I believe looking for fundamental concepts, without trying to search for contrasts, would reduce philosophical gossip and increase unity in the world of fashion.”