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Marios Schwab Womenswear A/W10

It's a new decade and Schwab looks back at what he learnt at school.

PhotographyKasia Bobula

Marios Schwab's own label may not be an old one but in terms of years, he has been hell-bent on creating fashion since the age of 15, starting fashion education young and early. So he's entitled to look back at his initial work that gave him acclaim, the traits that made him emerge from a crop of Central Saint Martins graduates. These of course included much body conscious shapes, emphasis on the cleavage (lest we forget that Schwab is of course the son of a bra-factory engineer) and contouring of the shapes. "It was very much about all my techniques that I learnt at school. I was 15 and I really wanted to go back to concentrating on the décolleté as everything seems to covered up now," explains Schwab. Of course, these familiar shapes were given a fresh lease of life with the help of fabrics and detailing, derived from a melting pot of reflection; the lace-ups from hiking boots, buttoned up shirts of that had a distinct nun-like quality to them, the furry textures from a teddy bear and extra textural elements like a faded tapestry fabric that gives a touchable rigidity to the short skirts.

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