ATELIER TALKS : MADONE OF STEEL BY ALEXIS JODAS / PARIS - INSPIRED BY THE SACRED WOMAN, AND UPCYCLING
MADONE OF STEEL
Alexis Jodas, Inspired creator
Alexis Jodas presented his graduation collection at the Young Creators Fair, inspired by heritage and discovering a glamorous woman, powerful and assumed.
Portrait of Alexis, over a coffee.
Alexis Jodas, dressed in his clear eyes and black suit, tells his love for creation, which started in his childhood when he was drawing with his grandfather and was looking at his mother, dressed in sharp pant suits. "I have always been passionate about everything, curious about everything. I wanted to know everything, which is why the history of heritage and the history of art in general interested me very young. After a specialization in fine arts in high school, Alexis went to MANAA (upgrading to applied arts) then entered Esmod Lyon to complete his studies.
"My cultural background acquired thanks to my curiosity and my literary branch brought me a lot. This complemented the technical and particular knowledge of fashion that I discovered in higher education. "
Alexis presented his first collection for his diploma in 2015, reforming his inspirations in one collection: Madone of Steel. The designer decided to dress the powerful woman, who knows and assumes her charm, who likes to please and seduce, while remaining distant and as on a pedestal. The sacred woman, the intense Madonna, imposing, eminent. We thus discover silhouettes dressed in suits with iron-trimmed epaulets, textured black reliefs and fluid and austere layers.
Alexis explains: "I admire enormously the work of Pierre Soulage, a stained glass designer who worked in Sainte Foy de Conques. His concept is based on the art of black, applied in several layers to create relief and texture. We find this idea in the rooms of Alexis, where the petals of neoprene, mesh, tulle and velvet are stitched on a Japanese crepe base with twisted ruffles of chiffon on top. The whole is embroidered with some Swarovski crystals, glitter and sequins themselves unbridged tissue falls, just like the petals.
"I like the idea of Sustainable fashion, so I try as much as possible to upcycle"
The concept of dress-church is also found in the lining of the jacket, fully revealed and illuminated with stained glass designs, and opposed to the sober and serious exterior. We therefore have a collection inspired by both the Pope's cloakroom, Swiss and Japanese architects and French historical heritage.
We find Alexis' hand in the development of the dress Miss Auvergne for the Miss France contest, white pants with a cloak and inflamed lava from the ankles to the knee. The young designer revisits with talent the symbols of this volcanic region, where he places the green mountains at the back of the outfit and the curve sign at the waist. A very bold, modern and innovative result.
Curious about everything, touching everything, with the gift of combining the old and the modern and with eyes wide open to the future, Alexis Jodas seems to be committed to living a rich history of free creation.
Images courtesy of Alexis Jodas Madone of Steel
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