Elena Dawson creates timeless and beautiful semi-deconstructed garments in her East Sussex studio. She studied at the University of Brighton and began working as a seamstress after graduating, which turned out to be an invaluable experience. “I draw on the knowledge I learned at the tailors still now in the way I make clothing,” she says. “When you work on alterations you are really tearing the guts out of the garment, performing a sort of autopsy—you really get to see a garment at its most vulnerable point. Observing this state of semi deconstruction in the making of a garment or shoe is what I like to retain in my finished work."
The designer behind ATELIER SUPPAN immerses herself in the artistic process of her collections. Her work is not conceptual - she hopes her unique and wearable pieces will be simply understood. Hems are often hand finished, fastenings are sterling silver, fabric is hand dyed and tags are hand written. Shapes are twisted and closures off center, many allowing for adjustable sizing with multiple hook and button loops. The craftsmanship of her garments is impeccable. All pieces are limited edition and handmade in her Paris atelier by a very small team.