Stalked: Max Tan, Fashion Design

19 August 2015

Think androgynous meets soft geometrical, this intriguing designer I stumbled across recently experiments with unique cuts merged with simplicity. Max conjures up silhouettes that conceal the wearer's form, creating a new shape altogether. I caught up with him over email for the meantime until he pays us a visit in London!

Why did you decide to get into fashion? 

I guess a big part of it is attributed to my mother who is a seamstress. I grew up surrounded with fabrics, paper papers etc. I think being exposed to the technical aspect of garment making first rather than fashion has also influenced the way I design. 

What is your latest collection about?

XY is not conformation, but a seamless flow between opposites. MAX.TAN's Fall/Winter 2015-16 collection presents a concept of not just simply of women in menswear, or men in frocks; it is a collection that reconstructs one's boyfriend's wardrobe. A state of gender neutralising. 

The interpretation of the folds of pocket squares in men's jackets, a tunic featuring asymmetrical folds and skirts incorporating origami elements. Geometrical draping and robe dressing from a collapsible silhouette of the collection, sliced tailoring on centre-backs and sides in traditionally masculine fabrication of wool and felt. 

Stolidly weaving through genderless seams, she carves a concrete identity.

What inspires you?

It is rather cliche to say that everything inspires me. But as a creative individual, one has to be really open to his/her surroundings. That way, i think its fair to say that anything can inspire me. However, if I were pick an aspect or a theme that I revisit all the time, it will be drafting; breaking the rules and coming up with new ways to construct garments. 

Best advice anyone has ever given you?

Art consists of fashion, however, fashion is not art. 

What has been you best moment since starting up your brand?

Having the fashion legend Carmen dell Orefice walked and closed my show at Digital Fashion Week last year! It was such a humbling experience meeting her and she’s a true perfectionist but so easy to work with! 

Five items you can't live without?

Sketch book, drafting rulers, coffee, my mum’s home cooked meals and my phone!


1 comment

  1. wow i want that last look ! love your blog by the way, one of my favourite reads before bed!

    Emma x


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