The creative industry has seen the use of repetition infused within its designer’s artistic process several times throughout history, and in turn, has continuously pushed the boundaries of what the practice of repetition can unfold. 

Andy Warhol | Marilyn Diptych | 1962

A theme that spreads itself across many elements such as nature, language and design, Andy Warhol made good use of such in his Marilyn Diptych piece in 1962. Warhol’s grid of repeating Marilyn’s suggests a formal arrangement and expresses the artists’ minimalist and contemporary ideal of geometric precision. Amidst the overwhelming number of faces, there is not one face to latch onto as a focal point. Although there’s the presence of a rigid grid structure perhaps the repetition renders it tougher to focus on. 

Bolor Amagalan | Metabolism | 2015 collection

Modern day trends and styles have allowed fashion designers to expand the theme of repetition further in terms of shape, scale and form. Bolor Amagalan is a Sydney based fashion designer with a passion for textiles, form and sustainability.

Bolor Amagalan | Metabolism | 2015 collection

Her 2015 collection Metabolism is inspired by the conceptual framework of 1960’s Japanese architectural movement of the same name.

Bolor Amagalan | Metabolism | 2015 collection

Through the use of geometric repetition her garment construction helps unify different parts of the garments into a whole, and in turn manages to build up enough rhythm and movement to cause a visual echo throughout her beautifully innovative ensembles.

Maiko Takeda | Atmospheric Reentry

Japanese designer Maiko Takeda hosts a captivating narrative of spectacular sculptural headpieces covered in acetate bristles. The ‘Atmospheric Reentry’ collection appears very high tech, yet is masterfully crafted by hand repeating the bristled look to create an intangible aura over an assortment of intricate hardware.

Andreea Mandrescu | 2014 Collection

Andreea Mandrescu introduced her stunning Materiality collection in 2014, a continuation of her previous work, but with a new vision and just as much passion.

Andreea Mandrescu | 2014 Collection

Through her use of materials and process Andreea manages to create another extraordinary tactile and visual experience. Inspired by jewellery and previous stones, the collection takes an adaptable, fluid and playful approach to fashion design.

Andreea Mandrescu | 2014 Collection

The duplication of the stone-like pieces create an original and interesting surface design, in addition, this textural motif extends to be used as facial accessory pieces as part of Andreea’s collection.

Issey Miyake | Autumn/Winter 2016 collection

In March Issey Miyake launched her Autumn/Winter 2016 collection at the Tuileries Palace in the first arrondissement of Paris. Her collection was based on the theme “Beyond” and was inspired by the great vastness of the universe exploiting the “Baked Stretch” technique within her garment constructions. In this collection, colourful line patterns are echoed on cloth and printed in different colours, hence giving the surface design additional strength of depth and rhythm. These fervent and passionate pieces make a dramatic impact through Miyake’s use of repetitive pattern and motifs creating a satisfying sense of harmony.

Written by Amber Weaver   

Edited by Christina Wright

References

Images:

Scadding. C. 2012 Available at: http://design-milk.com/chloe-scadding/

Warhol. A. Marilyn Diptych 1962. Available at: http://www.walkerart.org/magazine/2012/francesco-bonami-andy-warhol-killed-content

Amgalan B. Metabolism 2015 collection. Available at: https://www.vfiles.com/vfiles/27110

Amgalan B. Metabolism 2015 collection. Available at: https://www.vfiles.com/vfiles/27110

Amgalan B. Metabolism 2015 collection. Available at: https://www.vfiles.com/vfiles/27110

Miyake. I. Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Available at: http://www.isseymiyake.com/en/brands/issey_miyake.html 

Miyake. I. Autumn Winter 2016 collection. Available at: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2016/issey-miyake/slideshow/collection#12

Mandrescu. A. Materiality 2014 collection. Available at: http://www.handfulofsalt.com/noticed-andreea-mandrescus-materiality/ 

Mandrescu. A. Materiality 2014 collection. Available at: http://www.handfulofsalt.com/noticed-andreea-mandrescus-materiality/   

Mandrescu. A. Materiality 2014 collection. Available at: http://www.handfulofsalt.com/noticed-andreea-mandrescus-materiality/