Innovative, edgy, unique, inspiring and experimental are some of the words that describe the work of Swedish knitwear designer Sandra Backlund. Her work seems to blur the line between fashion and art. She studied at the Beckmans School of Design in Stockholm. Her knitted pieces are so sculptural, the forms no longer follow the shape of the human body. Backlund experiments with different materials and techniques, all of the heavy knitted works is done by herself and enables herself to express the best. In 2007 she won the Hyères Festival International de Mode et Photographie.
Sandra Backlund’s collection Spring/Summer 201 is her first collection with an Italian top knitwear production, that goes in production ( she graduated in 2004). Up until she has been doing everything herself by hand, only selling her design on order, made by measure. The challenge was to make some unique pieces inspired by Sandra’s hand-made collection that could require a less amount of manual work.
“My work is very personal to me. I improvise and allow myself to lose control and see what happens if I do not think so much about practical things. The human body is always a starting point. I am really fascinated by all the ways you can highlight, distort and transform the natural silhouette of the body with clothes and accessories. I build my garments by hand from a couple of basic bricks which I multiply and attach to each other in different ways to discover the shape that I want. In that sense I approach fashion more like a sculptor than a tailor.”