The Silken Jumpsuit

Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:48

“When I became an artist, I never dreamed that I would one day be led into the world of fashion...yet, the more I thought about it, the more obvious it became that this was the direction that I had to go”

— Irina Gorbman

The USSR of my childhood was a place of shortages. Shortages of food, of goods, and - most importantly to me as a girl - a shortage of fashion. With our culture rejecting everything Western, we would always be searching for the illusive fashion items we had only heard of shoes and belts of Italian leather! Soft and supple French fabrics! To us, this was worth more than gold; they were symbols of a kinder and more free and open world.

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Fast-forward 30 years, and I am standing over a table covered with mock-ups and fabric swatches, as my friend Masha files through a pile of sketches looking for something.

"Aha!" she exclaims, "I think this one would be excellent". She is referring to a dress made out of one of my patterns in silk. "I think we should lead with this one, this is the strongest pattern". I look at the one she has chosen. It is a loose, summery jumpsuit made out of a light and airy silk fabric. The print is made up of a sunny yellow that transitions into a warm olive tone with orange and red accents (below). As a single-item outfit, a jumpsuit must be able to represent the woman who wears it, and this piece can be the one summer staple we are looking for. It’s the perfect front-runner for our new portfolio.

When I became an artist, I never dreamed that I would one day be led into the world of fashion. The idea was put in my head by a friend of mine, who - upon seeing my fabrics displayed at the 2015 Manhattan Architectural Digest Design Home Show - off-handedly compared my colors and patterns to a certain couture designer who will remain nameless (it rhymes with "Shm-avalli"). I was pleasantly startled, I had never thought of my work expanding beyond the scope of luxury home. Yet, the more I thought about it, the more obvious it became that this was the direction that I had to go.

So, just over a year later, I am creating a line of fashion fabrics with my signature prints. This portfolio is very much in line with the concepts that I have used with my other products; the fashion fabrics will be presented in options ranging from vibrant to meditative, with a focus one-of-a-kind authenticity that is expected in such matters of high fashion. My patterns are all original derivative designs based on my oil paintings. I plan on developing these patterns into jumpsuits, dresses, swimsuits, and purses, all to be produced in only the most high-quality fabrics. Additionally, in order to make sure no fashionable woman is at odds with her surroundings, our fashion portfolio includes the same patterns available as luxury wallpaper and carpeting.

Here at ATH, we are overjoyed with this new direction and will continue to discuss our products, processes, inspirations, and successes, as we move forward to a bright new future of luxury and fashion that the young Irina could only have dreamed of.

Interested?
Email us via iGorbman@gmail.com or call 508-494-9772 and we can further discuss our product line. With a focus on customization to meet personal tastes, these patterns can be produced on a variety of luxury fabrics such as silk, linen, and sateen. All of these fabrics are produced in the United States, meaning that a customized piece can be available to you within three weeks.

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