Taja Bobek, fusing materiality and precision
Recently recognised by Vogue Italia as one of the top 200 emerging designers, Slovenian designer Taja Bobek is at the start of what promises to be an exciting fashion career. Having graduated from the London College of Fashion Cordwainer's for her BA and the Royal College of Art for her MA, Taja has been educated at some of the most prestigious artistic institutions in the UK. Taja describes her designs as a fusion of materiality and precision, and has created a set of meticulously designed minimalist bags. Here to tell us her sartorial story, is Taja Bobek.
Describe a typical Taja Bobek wearer?
I would like to imagine she (or he) is knowledgeable and meticulous.
Your pieces have very clean lines and fine construction. Why did you choose to mix your passion for interior design and furniture with your accessories?
I was attracted to the ‘alchemy’ of fashion from an early age and knew that I wanted to work in this industry, but at the same time I have always had a great admiration for art and interior design/furniture design. It seems only natural to combine the two. Saying that, I am also interested in multidisciplinary projects.
How was it to be selected as one of Vogue Italia’s top 200 emerging designers?
I was great, very flattering and exciting. It was amazing to see my work being recognised by such a renowned fashion authority, being selected among top graduates from all over the world. It is also great to see Vogue Italia and Vogue Talents efforts to feature and subsequently give exposure to young, up-and-coming designers.
How did you get the BFC MA scholarship? Did you have to apply for this?
Yes, I did apply towards the end of my final year of BA when I started thinking about doing a masters degree afterwards. After I got awarded the scholarship, it was a no-brainer – I just had to take this amazing opportunity, which turned out to be one of the best things in my life!
What's your favorite piece from your own designs and why?
It would be the orange bucket bag from my MA collection. I like the simple yet bold form of structured side panels and effortlessly pleated body, the bright and reddish orange hue, considered function and meticulous finish.
How did you get into fashion?
It is really difficult to point out exactly. I just gradually became more and more interested in and appreciative of beautiful garments and objects, surrounded by art & design books and magazines.
Why did you choose accessories over womenswear or menswear?
I did actually start off by sketching women's dresses and draping on an old mannequin. But then I became more and more interested in products – construction and mechanics, almost – so accessories made perfect sense for me.
What helps you get inspired?
Observing things around me – sometimes little details – and then of course going to exhibitions, nicely curated stores and scrolling through art & design catalogues.
Which part of creating your pieces is most difficult?
I would not say difficult, but all stages of design process can be challenging and that is what makes design so exciting – it is essentially problem solving, merged with aesthetics.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Raf Simons perhaps..?