Galvan’s Women-Designed Eveningwear Inspired By a Boxing Architect
Influenced by the work and biography of the celebrated architect Tadao Ando, London-based label Galvan‘s pre-fall collection flexes elegant athleticism. Slinky yet strong column dresses draw on Ando’s minimalism with similar results: they dazzle.
Galvan is four women, Sola Harrison, Anna-Christin Haas, Katherine Holmgren, and Carolyn Hodler, who saw a gap in the eveningwear market; notably, it wasn’t forward-looking enough. Formal attire is often too conservative, too constricting, too old-fashioned for contemporary women and the events they attend.
As a result, the quartet have created game-changing gowns. What woman wouldn’t want to skip the stiff shapes and starchy fabrics, and slip into one of these modern classics?
Describe your brand in 3 words.
Sleek, modern, timeless.
What is the inspiration behind the collection?
The pre-fall 2017 collection draws inspiration from the life and work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. A self-taught architect, Ando began his life as a boxer, and the combination of grace and strength found in boxing can be seen throughout his later practice. For Ando, balance is paramount. Geometric shapes meld with nature, reduced forms become bold in their purity, and voids interplay with solids.
The pre-fall collection shares Ando’s notion of clean opulence and the perfect balance between feminine beauty and masculine strength. The lines are clean and confident, yet designed to flatter the female form. Monochrome pieces feel calm and considered, while rich metallics and lush colors add concentrated opulence. Bold lacings add a playful nod to Ando’s boxing roots.
What is your best advice about personal style?
Choose clothes that feel comfortable and effortless. Confidence makes every outfit look incredible.
What is your design philosophy?
Pared-back luxury. These are clean, modern styles that can be dressed up or down, accessorized differently and worn repeatedly.
What is one thing every customer should know about your brand?
We are women designing for women. We think as much about how clothes feel and wear over the course of a long evening as we do about the aesthetic.