I have been a huge fan of Una Burke’s work for a long time. The London based Irish born designer has been causing a stir in the fashion community recently with her intricate sculptural leather designs. Una’s work has been featured in Vogue Italia, The Guardian, Above Magazine and Wallpaper. She is also an award winner – London College of Fashion ‘Off-Catwalk Award’ for Best Design 2009 and Crafts Council of Ireland ‘Future Maker Student Award’ 2009 are just two of the recent accolades she has garnered. Her designs can be also seen adorning Daphne Guinness in the Nars AW 2010 campaign.
Una describes her work as “wearable art” which I think articulates her vision perfectly. Below are some images from her SS 2011 collection. Think Joan of Arc meets gothic couture. I love the collection and am particularly obsessed with the pale calfskin bodice in the first picture and the hunchback jacket in the last image.