Letter from Paris: Esmod Paris – Meet The Designers of Tomorrow

Kathryn Kemp Griffin Esmod Feature

Kathryn Kemp-Griffin, President of Pink Bra Bazaar, a lingerie charity dedicated to raising money and awareness for breast cancerKathryn Kemp-Griffin is the founder of Paris Lingerie Tours and offers exclusive lingerie tours as an unusual alternative to the regular tourist attractions.

She is also the founder of Pink Bra Bazaar, a lingerie charity dedicated to fighting breast cancer. Contact Kathryn at: kathryn@pinkbrabazaar.org

 


“The two secrets of success: Quality and Creativity,”
– Paul Bocuse

At Esmod last week, there was a fusion of imagination, talent and skill in a spectacular parade of creativity and design. Students specializing in lingerie presented their end-of-year collections to a selected jury that included journalists, lingerie buyers and designers from Princesse Tam Tam, Chantelle, Lise Charmel and John Galliano. I was a judge and along with the others, we evaluated the design and technical components of each collection.

Given the quality and calibre presented, the future of the lingerie industry is set to flourish with the young talent bursting onto the scene.

Here are three collections that reflected the singularity of lingerie; precision, comfort and design:


L’Effrontée Paris by Ilaria Neri

L’Effrontée Paris by Ilaria Neri

Color, cabaret and humor… Ilaria went to design school to learn how to make theater costumes, but fell in love instead with making lingerie.

What does l’Effrontée mean?
One who is shameless. One who dares.

What gave you the inspiration for your collection?
The works of two photograhers, Le Turk and Joshua Hoffine, who explore fear and the horror of dreams, hallucinations and our imagination.

What sets your collection apart?
Color. I dyed the fabrics myself and oversaturated the color to give boldness to each piece.

L’Effrontée Paris by Ilaria Neri

 
 

Photos by Anthony Campbell for the yellow corset and Jalaj Tyagi for all other photos

 


 

A Fleur de Peau by Audrey Thabuy

A Fleur de Peau by Audrey Thabuy

Luxury, seduction, and illusion… Audrey incorporated these elements to create a masterful collection that is both comfortable and sexy.

What does A Fleur de Peau mean?
The sensation of something being so close to the skin that you can feel it.

What gave you the inspiration for your collection?
Artists Franz Hofner and Harry Sachs, whose work has structural and architectural qualities, a superimposing of forms that I incorporated into my designs.

What sets your collection apart?
Trompe d’Oeil. That what you see isn’t really what’s there. For example, my one-piece body suit is designed to look like a lingerie ensemble composed of a bra and panty, or the panty with the illusion of a garter.

A Fleur de Peau by Audrey Thabuy ensemble bleu A Fleur de Peau ensemble violet dvt by Audrey Thabuy A Fleur de Peau by Audrey Thabuy ensemble violet dos

Photos by Agata Wolanska

 


 

L’Eclipse by Geneviève Eliard

Letter from Paris L’Eclipse by Geneviève Eliard

Suspended time, sensuality, detail … Geneviève spent several years in London experimenting with design and lingerie, thriving on the energy of the city to fuel her creativity.

Why did you call your collection L’Eclipse?
After the film by Michelangelo Antonioni where the star Monica Vitti, desperately searches for passion in her cold, frigid surroundings. She is looking for the impossible.

What gave you the inspiration for your collection?
Antonioni describes an eclipse as suspended emotion. I wanted this for my collection: to create a suspended moment where nothing else exists.

What sets your collection apart?
The creation of new shapes and forms with particular attention to the construction and design of the back of the garment. A subtle opaqueness exposes an eroticism rich in allure and mystery.

L’Eclipse by Geneviève Eliard 2 L’Eclipse by Geneviève Eliard L’Eclipse by Geneviève Eliard 4

 

Photos by Luc Braquet


 

Contact Information

Ilaria, Audrey and Geneviève are exploring all professional opportunities and can be reached by email.

Ilaria Neri: ilarianeri@hotmail.com

Audrey Thabuy: audreythabuy@hotmail.fr

Geneviève Eliard: genevieve.eliard@gmail.com

For more information about Esmod and the lingerie program
Esmod Paris

12 rue de la Rochefoucauld

75009 Paris

www.esmod.com

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One Comment on “Letter from Paris: Esmod Paris – Meet The Designers of Tomorrow

  1. Avatar Angelique says:

    Fantastic article! Love the beautiful and creative designs and learning about where the young designers take their inspiration.

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