FANNIE SCHIAVONI: WE THINK BONDAGE, STRENGTH AND DISCIPLINE WHEN LOOKING AT HER DESIGNS

Making a piece takes me thirty minutes sometimes, but it also can be three days sometimes. I nearly lose money on some pieces, but if I love them, they must be created in any case.

By Balthazar Malevolent

FANNIE SCHIAVONI: WE THINK BONDAGE, STRENGTH AND DISCIPLINE WHEN LOOKING AT HER DESIGNS

The Swedish-born, Chalayan-trained designer Fannie Schiavoni lives in London. Her bellicose handcrafted harnesses and the New Gen award winner jewelry have already captured Skin, Gaga and Rihanna's fancy.

Fannie Schiavon chain necklace

We think bondage, strength and discipline when looking at your designs. Are we on the right track?

I never look at any of those while designing or studying. I don't look at armor either. It's always been about art for me, and the ancient techniques that I use to construct my chains, ring by ring. I design and carefully examine the shapes on the mannequins, inspired by my tailoring experience. I rarely draw. To me, drawing isn't simple or practical enough. Anyone can draw a beautiful thing, but it's about being able to know it well for me.

Skin, Gaga and Rihanna have worn your creations, do you think your work complement a musical setting?

I love making stage clothes; they have a great weight because of the chains, which work well in motion. I have been on the set when Rihanna wore my chains for her Rockstar 101 video and I loved the way they looked at her. Yet that experience also made me aware that as the wearer travels a lot, stage clothes require a lot more support. And when Skin asked for a stage outfit I designed an entire undergarment to make sure it stayed on her for the entire set.

How long does will piece take to make, on average?

There is no average. Making a piece takes me thirty minutes sometimes, but it also can be three days sometimes. I nearly lose money on some pieces, but if I love them, they must be created in any case.

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