School of Design
MA Fashion Womenswear, 2017
Matija Čop was born in Croatia, where he spent his early adulthood studying philosophy and competing as a professional athlete. After turning his attention to the visual arts and fashion design, he devoted his efforts to developing an original approach to fashion construction.
The resulting process is now the identifying characteristic of his practice: an experimental system utilising integrated generative design and modelling softwares. These programs deconstruct Matija's romantic and feminine silhouettes into hundreds of component quadrilaterals which are then assembled by hand, interlocking piece by piece to realise a final garment which uses no seams.
Matija's work plays upon the tensions summoned between his cutting-edge, highly technological process, and the historical and biological references suggested by his approach to gender and form. The body's capacity to destroy the garment containing it adds a fertile theatrical tension to the experience for both wearer and observer, with the threat of disintegration simmering beneath every movement.