Extraordinary: Measured

Today's inspiration is by one of my favourite thinkers in sculptural knitwear and... well, textile design in general! Sandra Backlund, the Swedish fashion designer known for creating incredible art forms (that pushes the envelope of rudimentary design processes), creates initially from the canvas in her mind rather than drawn out and cut on cloth or paper.

Yes, this is the exact woman who can fashion you a garment out of hair, and quite literally! She is one of many influences in design with exceptional handwork.

When I learned about her a few years ago, I was consumed by her three-dimensional design; struck not only by how it was a statement of art, however admiring the fact that her techniques and combinations of materials seemed to also be ahead and somewhat timely.

I love the way that she takes the silhouette, bends the rules of instruction by setting her own measurement and style, yet still produces wearable art.  She's also the creative string who has designed exclusive knitwear pieces for Emilio Pucci and Louis Vuitton.

What's also interesting is that even behind the scenes; some of the garments are constructed right on the model's body, not because it's unfinished, however it's the only way her concept works for some of the complicated designs.

I wasn't going to show a video, but I had to share this past one with you, more for the white & black dresses, up-close shots, and other random footage that turned my eyes toward her designs.

If you have not yet seen some of her inspiring work here's a small glimpse.
SS11 pic3 Photo Thomas Klementsson Sandra Backlund SS11SS11 pic12 Photo Thomas Klementsson Sandra Backlund SS11
Photos: Thomas Klementsson, sandrabacklund.com
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29 comments

  1. BEYOND WOW! these are so amazing. i must check her out. what an amazing designer. thankyou so much for letting us know about her!

    Kristy Eléna - Full Time Fabulous
    Vogue Gone Rogue
    Twitter: @kristyelena

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  2. loving this inspiration. :)
    just read the other post. nice!

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  3. Thanks Lars! glad that you like them.
    -xxoo

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  4. Thanks Kristy! Yes, please do check her stuff out, she's an incredible think outside of the box designer. :)
    -xxoo

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  5. Wow thanks for highlighting her work the first knitwear piece is really amazing. I'm also liking the checkered dress at the bottom it looks like the strips of fabric of been interwoven. Really well done.

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  6. Oh to Be Muse09 March, 2011

    wow, a garment out of hair--that would be crazy! her work is great though. super unique!

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  7. I agree, this woman is quite amazing. You may like this interesting creation as well: http://tinyurl.com/BacklundBrilliance

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  8. Thanks for the comment Arash! These are just a few of her amazing pieces... I love her humbleness as a designer, she's not often in the public in the same way as many well known designers. :)

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  9. Wow, absolutely stunning - what a talented designer!

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  10. Sweet Veloso10 March, 2011

    this is so beautiful...and look at the dresses they are all designed with perfect structure and just very brilliant...

    Kisses
    Sweet
    PensandLens
    @mistytewest

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  11. Hey there pretty lady! Yes, she's exceptional. I really LOVE & appreciate her work! So glad that you think so too! -xxoo

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  12. She has so many wonderful pieces. Brilliant! Thanks for checking it out. :) -xxoo

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  13. I know! I completely agree! I always look forward to viewing any piece from her.
    Thanks! -xxoo

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  14. oh wow the dress is beautiful, haha I would not have the guts to wear it but it's the concept that is so cool. and yeah I'm a HUGE matt damon fan too! I love the Bourne series!

    love your blog, I'm your newest follower :)

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  15. Oh Thank you! Welcome and so lovely that you stopped by; she's an amazing talent! Just going to go see the film tonight actually! -xxoo

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  16. These designs are INCREDIBLE! I am in love!
    Have a great weekend!
    -Ellie

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  17. Thanks Ellie! Yes, I agree they are very spectacular! I wish you a wonderful weekend as well! -xxoo

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  18. lhunterthomas14 March, 2011

    Stunning. Thank you for sharing her work - it's truly incredible. I'd love to own some of her creations one day, she really is a talent to be reckoned with.
    x

    Laura @ theblogofobsessivecoolness.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Laura,
    Yes, she's such an amazing designer and artist. A true favourite of mine recently. Thanks for commenting!

    -xxoo

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  20. Theposhkid14 March, 2011

    Incredible! Some people are just so creative and are so good at expressing their point of view on fashion. Also, I love your commentary!

    www.thegirlinthecheckscarf.com

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  21. Abigail Ny15 March, 2011

    Great pieces of art!

    http://themessenger-bag.blogspot.com

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  22. Thanks so much! She always seems to have an interesting point of view in her design, and inspiration.. Glad that you like it too! -xxoo

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  23. Hello Abigail!
    Yes, they are quite superb pieces of art aren't they? Thank you for visiting! :)

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  24. Miss Neira15 March, 2011

    I love this. definitely takes amazing talent, and you are right she knows how to make something look futuristic and classic together.

    xoxo
    Miss Neira

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  25. Hi Wendy! So glad that you took the time to visit my blog! Yes, her work is entirely inspiring, I'm always amazed by her designs..

    -xxoo
    Ladyofashion

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  26. Hello dear! Absolutely! There's just so much to show from her... she gets my creative juices flowing when I feel that I cannot get inspired.

    -xxoo
    Ladyofashion

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  27. I'll
    back again for sure, thanks for great article :D

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