How Humanity Collects, Categorizes, and Catalogs - Lina Michal
How did you get into fashion?
It was something I always wanted to do, really needed to do. And I grew up in a country where I could go to a high-quality design college for free, as well as get a student loan with a minimum interest rate. That meant I could dedicate all my time focused on my studies, so that’s what I did. Things kind of just went from there.
As a designer, what are your major influences?
People, culture, nature - the usuals. I’m drawn to things that balance on tacky, but I also adore ethereal beauty. The two are pretty hard to combine, but I’m doing my best. It’s like a lifelong experiment.
What is your design philosophy?
To not be afraid of changing and to constantly evolve. I definitely have a specific aesthetic, but I don’t ever want it to restrict me. The better you’re doing, the easier it is to be afraid of changing things. I realized every time I’m stuck, that learning something new, is the thing that gets me out of the rut.
Tell us about your recent The Collection Collection
‘The Collection Collection’ to me feels almost like a first draft of something even bigger. I think I’ll revisit the themes and techniques in the future.
The collection itself is about this idea of how humanity has a need to collect, categorize and catalog things. Like the pinned up butterfly in a frame collecting dust. It is there so that we can now point to it and say: see, this is a butterfly. I think this behavior comes naturally to us, the collecting and presenting of things is a tangible way for humans to make sense of the world around us. It makes us feel at least there are some things we know for certain.
What are you currently working on?
I recently got a full-time job making prints for Nike at their Portland headquarters, so that takes up most of my time. But in the last year, I’ve been slowly working on my first fashion film. It’s getting close to being finished and I’m so excited to share it. But I bet the people that follow me on Instagram are sick of all my “behind-the-scenes” shots and teasing.
What can we expect from Lina Michal over the next few years?
I’m slowly moving into the bridal field. It wasn’t an active choice but started when women from all over the place would reach out to me online asking me to make them a custom dress for their ceremony. It has made me realize just how much I love the time and care it takes to make a wedding dress. Obsessing over hand beading and pressing everything just right. One of my sewing teachers in college was a former Chanel couture seamstress, so the techniques I learned from her often come in handy.