Aitor Throup is fascinated with anatomy and his main interest is drawing. His hand drawn characters become the primary tool in the exploration of his 'justified design philosophy', which highlights the necessity of a reason or function behind all design features. Aitor's design process is centered around innovative methods of design and construction, in particular a construction process which utilises his own sculptures of the human body as a system for blocking garments. Throup's graduate collection from the Royal College of Art was entitled 'When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods' which had a strong narrative thread running through it and a diverse selection of influences from generic military garments to Hindu symbolism. He exhibited 'The Funeral Of New Orleans: Part One', at London Fashion Week in September 2007. The presentation of this collection defied conventional ways of exhibiting fashion, by showing the pieces on life size sculptures (also created by Throup) rather than models, each in a different stage of transformation. The presentation also incorporated a film created in conjunction with SHOWstudio, which acted as a sort of animated instruction manual, allowing the viewer to not only understand the transformational mechanics of each piece, but also to learn the narrative behind the collection.
Aitor recently launched his product line on-schedule at Paris Fashion Week. The presentation, titled 'LEGS' consisted of a retrospective of his various trouser concepts from the past six years, and culminated in three specially developed trousers which will be exclusively sold and exhibited globally in a small number of boutiques and department stores.
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