Egle Cekanaviciute’s Deconstructed Fashion

photo by Egle Xiapin, courtesy of Egle Cekanaviciute

When I saw Egle Cekanaviciute‘s work on Design For Mankind, I had to know more about her and her designs.

It turns out that clothing construction runs deep in Egle’s blood. She comes from a family of tailors; she is part of the fourth generation whose work and interests revolve around clothes. Originally from Lithuania, Egle studied fashion at Vilnius Academy of Arts, then enrolled in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. She has worked at Dior, and now is an assistant womenswear designer for Maison Martin Margiela.

Egle considers herself a fashion designer who has a strong interest in global politics. “Global issues motivate my work, as well as the passion for creating beautiful shapes that style the human body. I try to speak to the world through my clothes, they are the message-carriers,” she told me.

photos by Egle Xiapin, courtesy of Egle Cekanaviciute

Her 2011 collection shown here, called Seed, started because she wanted to address the superficiality of fashion and that nature is almighty. “The crack in the pavement with grass shooting through was my first point of inspiration towards this idea,” she wrote.

photo by Egle Xiapin, courtesy of Egle Cekanaviciute

Seed is a six-piece collection utilizing minimalistic silhouettes. Egle used organic and raw fabrics, such as potato sacks and tailoring canvas. By deconstructing sleeves, shoulders, pant pockets, or other elements of a garment, Egle created garments that function as planters.

photos by Egle Xiapin, courtesy of Egle Cekanaviciute

I am fascinated with Egle’s work. She has a strong aesthetic and her designs feature compelling themes. To me, Seed evokes futurism with an organic quality. Egle is, without a doubt, one to watch.


  1. Maggie says:

    I really like that last photo of the pants. Could see that being a very cool theatrical costume…

  2. Heiress Emma says:

    I too saw this on Design for Mankind and was enthralled. The photography is just stunning but the pieces are so well thought out. So glad to hear a bit more about the designer.

    Emma (aka Another Ring Coming)

  3. Trillium says:

    But would any of you ladies REALLY wear this clothing?

    • jacqueline says:

      When evaluating clothing, especially that which could be considered avant-garde, I rarely take into consideration if I personally would wear it. That is a very limited element to judge clothing by. I would not wear the vast majority of clothing that is produced — but that does not mean it has no other value or qualifications that make it interesting, provocative, well-made, conceptual, or good.

      And what do you mean by asking if I would wear this? Are you talking about everyday life? Well, then the answer is no. It is not practical or functional. Those are both elements of clothing design that are important to think about, but I don’t believe a collection like this was ever meant to be practical or functional.

      Would I like to own garments from this collection for my personal collection? Yes. I might never “wear” them in public, but that would not be the point of owning them. Garments from a collection like this are more akin to art objects. Perhaps though I would wear something from this collection to an art gallery opening where the context for avant-garde apparel would be more appropriate.

  4. Perhaps a rather organic way of reusing your wedding dress?

    Love the flat background to the green.

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