Roger Vivier - design inspiration
I remember sitting in my Historic Costume class at the University of Akron watching an old film about the legendary shoe designer, Roger Vivier. Vivier is well-known for redesigning the stiletto with a metal rod so that the posts did not break under stress of wear.
The part of the film that resonated with me was when Vivier described his design process. In a straightforward way, he professed that if the shoe he was designing would have many embellishments, then the basic design and structure would need to be classic and simple, in order to not over-design the shoe.
On the other end of the spectrum, if the shoe was unembellished, then the structure and style of the basic design could be much more complex.
I think that this concept is extremely important in knitwear design. for example, if a sweater has a highly complex cable pattern, then the style, structure and yarn should be simple, as to not hinder the beauty of the stitches. In contrast, textured and colorful yarns are more suited to simple structures and stitch patterns.
What's your design inspiration?