Womenswear designer Titania Inglis and WXYZ Jewelry have joined forces to create a capsule collection of pieces that blur the lines between clothing and jewelry, constructed from plated brass tubes assembled into polyhedral forms. The results of their collaboration — which include rings, bracelets, necklaces, a top, dress, and leggings — will adorn Titania Inglis's New York Fashion Week presentation with MADE at the Standard on Sept. 5.
Both children of Cornell-trained architects, Titania and designer Laura Wass of WXYZ met at a trade show in 2011 and saw instantly that their minimalist, structural aesthetics dovetailed perfectly. Their hybrid jewelry/clothing collaboration for Spring/Summer 2013 is the inevitable outcome of that meeting, a synthesis of Laura’s precision engineering skills and Titania’s explorations of three-dimensionality and the human form. The result is an innovative series of mathematical, multi-faceted, and surprisingly comfortable metal pieces.
Inspired by Peter Pearce’s book "Structure in Nature is a Strategy for Design", and by the geodesic domes of his contemporary Buckminster Fuller, the designs employ tessellated pyramids and octohedrons as their core motifs, using the body as the structure over which the volumetric clothing and accessories have been built. Each piece is made up of metal tubes made and plated in the local Chicago, Rhode Island and NYC metal industry, and assembled by hand in Brooklyn.