Kirsten Ley is an award-winning Canadian couture designer who has recently launched a prêt-à-porter line. Using intuitive and sculptural techniques, she creates visceral one-of-a-kind works of art, juxtaposing structurally bound garments with the softness and translucence of fervent, flowing silks. Ley launched her eponymous label in 2017 and immediately gained sponsorship to showcase her avant-garde works. In the span of just 12 months, Ley has shown three collections in seven international shows, including New York Fashion Week (FW18) and Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo (SS18), and has been featured five times in British Vogue, Vogue Italia, and Vogue China.
Gifted with both a technician’s hand for tailoring and the unhindered inventiveness of her artistic expression, Ley’s signature aesthetic is laden with fabric manipulation as she playfully challenges her viewers’ perception. She moulds thick leather by hand to imitate the lightness of organza rippling down the runway and manipulates chiffon with couture-style hand sewing to mimic the hardness of organic structural curves. Her empowering garments balance strong lines and hard tailoring with soft femininity, immense attention to detail, and free-flowing creativity of reckless abandon. Kirsten Ley is rapidly making her mark as an innovative, experimental, and tactile designer on the world of fashion.