Anna Lee is a Russian born, London based and China inspired fashion designer, whose graduating collection is, not surprisingly, full with culture, depth and skill beyond her short 22 years.
A recent graduate of De Montfort University and the winner of the Zandra Rhodes Catwalk Textiles Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2010, Anna is clearly one-to-watch having also been handpicked to have her collection photographed by Rankin for the event.
Key pieces from the award winning collection are now being sold exclusively in the Tout Nouveau online store. Items include printed leggings and dresses, silk scarves and velvet tops, with each piece hand-made by Anna.
Anna’s collection, titled Tigers Vs Dragons, combines mythical creatures of the orient with traditional Japanese styles and intricate hand-drawn illustrations. Bold graphic prints have been transferred onto opulent velvet and silk fabrics in a colour palette of dark navy, burnt orange and mustard yellow with splashes of vibrant reds and turquoise blues. By mixing typically Eastern illustrations with a Western high-fashion design aesthetic, Anna has created a fresh take on Asian dressing and kept her designs on trend.
Tout Nouveau Managing Director, Rachel Wotherspoon, speaks of her excitement to be working with Anna: “This collection really caught our eye at GFW with the energetic colours and the fabrics that flowed so elegantly down the catwalk. The detail in the print of the textile and the high-fashion craftsmanship Anna has put into these garments makes this collection world-class, and we are delighted to offer these pieces to be enjoyed by followers of fashion.”
Since Anna’s Graduate Fashion Week debut, her work has been shown at the Shanghai Treasury Exhibition and the London Fashion Week pop-up shop at the Design Museum. The garments have also been featured in International press, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Marie Claire and Stylist Magazine.
Anna is currently working on a diffusion-line for the brand, which is expected to be in the Tout Nouveau online store for Spring / Summer 2011 and she also has plans to develop an accessories line, which judging by her textile printed shoes and Dragon motif necklaces for Autumn / Winter 2010, it will definitely be on everybody’s shopping list.
[Image Credits: Photographer: Elena Pirogova, Hair: Shinya Fukami, Make-up: Julia Wilson]