A.V. Hash's couture spring 2008 collections is best described by sheer fabrics cleverly cut into viable clothes using layering and pleating techniques as well as strategically placed beading. Anne ValÃ©rie Hash (1971, Paris) graduated from Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in 1995. After working for Nina Ricci, Christian Lacroix, Chanel and Dior she launched her own label in 2001. Two years later she was granted with the prestigious Andam Award for a promising young fashion designer, a honor also received by Martin Margiela in 1989 and by Viktor&Rolf in 1994.
Her design philosophy is based on the deconstruction of menswear into unique cut women's wear. She was most inspired by Coco Chanel, who dressed the modern woman of the 1920s with clothes "borrowed" from men's wardrobe, and by Madeleine Vionnet, who draped her designs directly on a half-scale mannequin.
Hash develops her design ideas by deconstructing men's jackets and trousers and wrapping the pieces around a 12-year-old girl. She then reconstructs the garments in adult sizes. Along her couture line, with a spring 2008 runway show held on the 21st of January, Hash also designs a ready-to-wear collection which debuted last October at Paris Fashion Week.
A.V. Hash's couture spring 2008 collection is best described by sheer fabrics cleverly cut into viable clothes using layering and pleating techniques as well as strategically placed beading. Even if the evening dresses didn't quite follow this idea, the use of defined geometric construction and excellent craftsmanship techniques proves high level of finesse.