Designer and current Art Institute senior Autie Carlisle may call her new collection Geometric Nightmare, but we think you’ll agree that her transformation of industrial rubber into sculptural knits is nothing short of dreamy.
So why call it a nightmare?
“I knit with a rubber tubing, generally used for mechanics or industrial tools,” explains Carlisle, who wrestled with the unconventional material and paired the results with neoprene and double-knit fabrics.
The resulting 12-garment collection puts an emphasis on geometric shapes and undulating lines. A palette of neutral hues keeps even the most experimental looks in the wearable realm.
Another notable element of Carlisle’s collection: she launched her own Kickstarter project late last year to fund the effort and raised $2,500 from community supporters to help turn her idea into a reality. The project resulted not only in Carlisle’s designs, but also the Constituent Parts fashion show held recently at 111 Minna. Arts of Fashion nominee and fellow Art Institute student Justin Jamison also showed his latest during the show.
Want to see it in person? Carlisle’s collection will be just one of the many taking the stage during the upcoming Art Institute of California-San Francisco fashion show on June 18. Dubbed the Fashion Line Up, it will feature over 100 looks from 18 students.
Photography courtesy of Mindo Cikanavicius. Model, Jessica Larez