Dion Lee: Experimental Construction Combined with Traditional Tailoring

November 27, 2019

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Dion Lee is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia, established in 2009 by its eponymous Creative Director. Renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring, the brand has pioneered a modern identity for Australian fashion.

The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality. Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the female form. Textiles are engineered to form sculptural embellishments. Architectural silhouettes are dissected to enhance movement and the flow of air and light.

After debuting at Australia Fashion Week, Dion Lee presented collections in London before relocating to New York, where the brand has become a permanent fixture on the seasonal schedule.

Taking an academic approach to the research and realisation of his work, Lee is consistently intrigued by the ideas of balance and contrast, particularly as they appear in chemistry, physiology and the creative arts. The result is clothing that takes a near-scientific mindfulness of the body, cutaways reveal shoulder blades or ribs, floating panels of silk chiffon offer a dramatic range of movement, whilst elsewhere in a garment tight, almost trussed tailoring might elicit a sense of restriction.