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Copenhagen Fashion Week S/S12: Anne Sofie Madsen

Opening this year's Scando fashion frenzy, we talk to the Danish desinger after stunning the audience with her intricately crafted collection

The opening show of Copenhagen Fashion Week by designer Anne Sofie Madsen made an impact on everyone attending the show due to the absolute attention to detail and the beautifully handcrafted pieces. Her background at John Galliano in Paris was present in the structure of the garments and the International atmosphere at the show. The intense drumming enhanced the tribal elements and the mix of leather metallic touches and her stunning illustrations. 

Dazed Digital: What is your background as a designer?
Anne Sofie Madsen
: I have studied fashion and production design at the Danish Design School, interned in Paris and worked in London - well, and now in Copenhagen.

DD: How have you developed over the years?
Anne Sofie Madsen:
I’ll guess you can say that the theme has changed but the plot is still the same. I have a wish to show the unknown though the well-known and to use traditional handicraft methods and couture techniques within ready-to -wear. A new thing is also, that half of the collection this season has a more commercial approach. All the styles you will see in the show is made in our small studio like the made-to-measure styles, but the more wearable outfits will be put in to production afterwards.

DD: What is the inspiration of this collection?
Anne Sofie Madsen:
The collection is called Mononoke and is inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film "Princess Mononoke" (released 1997) and is made with a wish to guide you into a world where contrasts can seem warring, but with interpretation will appear as complementary. Mononoke is a general term in Japanese for spirit or monster and captures the duality between the etherial and solid expressions in the garments also expressed in techniques and fabrics from classic European ballet costumes and craftsmanship and silhouettes from the late Muromachi period of Japan. It is the meeting of the mechanical ballerina and the graceful samurai.