profile: Christian Wijnants

 

THIS designer’s use of block colour and creation of interesting silhouettes in his latest collection caught my eye on the Sien website. A graduate from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2000, Christian Wijnants launched his own label in 2003. Over the years he has been praised for his knitwear research and has gone back to teach at the Royal Academy.

Although not all of his designs are consistently something to shout about, at times Wijnant’s experimentation with form manages to result in unique items which are thoroughly wearable. But what I found most appealing about his designs were the playfully styled images through which he presents them, as can be seen in the ‘catalogues’ for more recent collections on his website.

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