All Hail Marit

All Hail Marit


Prepare to have your pretty little minds blown away (ok my brain is small and petite, yours are humongous and filled with intelligence)… I was just about to shut up shop on the blogging front and couch out in front of Today at Wimbledon with an anchovy pizza and a beer…then I got this email from Marit Fujiwara and so the post must go on…

It couldn't wait a day, an hour or in fact, a mere minute.  I hassled her to unlock her Flickr and allow me to share her graduate collection 'Wound' with you ENLARGED in all its detailed glory.  Marit Fujiwara is a BA Textile Design grad from Chelsea College of Art and Design.  That's about all the info I have but this is a case where pictures can do an IMMENSE amount of talking…

Look, look closer, rub your eyes a bit if you have sleep/sweat and look again.  I took literally blinked at those detailed shots and then started bemoaning and wailing into the sky shouting "Why god?  Why am I such a talentless melting potato?"  This is mind bogglingly detailed work to a crazy level that is probably above and beyond the call of a graduate trying to get their work noticed.  This is a collection that I imagine being done by a minute perfectionist where one strand can't be out of place and the colours of the threads have to go in a specific order so as to not upset the balance.  This is where shapes of garments can be chucked out of the window because the kind of textile work going on is so intricate, with a supreme level of depth and innovation (not that Marit's shapes are poor anyway…).  She labels some of her images as 'cake' and the reference is not lost when you think of the devastating anal precision that goes into a patissier's work… these are in fact probably the clothing equivalent of Antonin Carβˆšβ„’me's creations (just re-read his bio…too good). 

I've already rambled far too long…  couldn't help myself with the superlatives… 









Further samples of her textile work…






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  1. thebeautifulseason

    2009-07-02 at 7:00 PM

    oh you’re so spot on, these are divine. i wish i could touch them, but i’d be so scared! absolutely magnificent. keep us posted on where she goes and what she does.

  2. alicepleasance

    2009-07-02 at 7:03 PM

    OMG these are amazing! I can’t imagine how many time has required each one of these garments!

  3. diane

    2009-07-02 at 7:33 PM

    It is mind blowing that this kind of work is still being done in spite of the worldwide recession, with fashion houses closing their doors left and right. These are exquisite.
    Thanks for not making us wait πŸ™‚

  4. fannah

    2009-07-02 at 7:52 PM

    Aha. Mind-blowing indeed. It’s simply perfect..

  5. Ciara O Donovan

    2009-07-02 at 8:13 PM

    It is a devine collection, no wonder you were so excited!

  6. Sal

    2009-07-02 at 8:17 PM

    Damn, you weren’t kidding. Those are some mindblowingly gorgeous pieces. I can’t even IMAGINE how long it took to conceptualize, much less execute, even one of them

  7. e

    2009-07-02 at 8:26 PM

    Cheer up, at least you are talented at insulting yourself! “Melting potato”- very creative!

  8. Isabel

    2009-07-02 at 8:26 PM

    Oooh, these are marvelous/spectacular/any other adjective that conveys extreme awe and beauty.
    P.S. -Thanks so much for the blog comment Susie! About Canada Day, it;s not all about Maple Syrup! But that did make me giggle. Most traditions include drinking beer outside, and having a bonfire and lighting your own fireworks (or at least watching somebody elses fireworks display). It’s really a lot of fun!

  9. Raji

    2009-07-02 at 8:27 PM

    Theseee are actuallyy amazingggg
    Such a beautiful collection

  10. e

    2009-07-02 at 8:27 PM

    Also, I would LOVE to see someone try to DIY this. Ha ha! Good luck!


    2009-07-02 at 8:39 PM

    Oh maahh geeehawd. There are no words. At first in the small picture I just thought there were rosettes on a dress, no big deal. But then saw the bigger pictures, BIG DEAL. It seriously is something out of a dream…

  12. MargieF

    2009-07-02 at 8:42 PM

    wow my eyes actually widened in wonder. seriously beautiful

  13. the Six Six Sick Girls

    2009-07-02 at 8:43 PM

    Her work is insane! I can’t imagine the hours of work it takes to construct those fabrics/garments! Truly spectacular.

  14. Kat

    2009-07-02 at 8:54 PM

    What an explosion of colors and meticulous design!

  15. Charlotte

    2009-07-02 at 9:32 PM

    omg…lol I feel so untalented now!…make that 2 melting potatoes,the work is at a totally another level. im in love!xxx

  16. Carmen

    2009-07-02 at 9:50 PM

    Those garments are beautiful….they do remind you of cake too. The colours are so pretty.

  17. c

    2009-07-02 at 9:56 PM

    you make me love. thank you. i feel like a puddle of untalented potato and lovelovelove looking at this.

  18. knitkicks

    2009-07-02 at 10:03 PM

    amazing! i really want to feel it all

  19. Miss Glitzy

    2009-07-02 at 10:08 PM

    My brain melted away today but I can still appreciate this amazing textile work.

  20. Style Odyssey

    2009-07-02 at 10:13 PM

    oh yes. these designs are out of this world! i’ve truly never seen anything quite like them. i am almost speechless. i must have a second look…and maybe a third…

  21. Ali

    2009-07-02 at 10:31 PM

    um, I think these are actually THE most beautiful clothes I’ve ever seen.. that first dress!!!

  22. Kashiro

    2009-07-02 at 10:37 PM

    OMG her work in incredibly beautiful and I am stupdified in amazement. Genius! xoxo BTW I LOVE your blog!

  23. Luc

    2009-07-02 at 11:07 PM

    that is a visionary, right there!

  24. Nicha

    2009-07-02 at 11:34 PM

    Pure art. It looks like my friends painting I have hanging up. Nice post.

  25. `

    2009-07-02 at 11:37 PM

    wow the colors are amazing!

  26. Maverick

    2009-07-02 at 11:43 PM

    These are amazing…love <3

  27. MJ

    2009-07-02 at 11:52 PM

    They are so intricate! Being able to wear that must be like being a walking piece of art… I shudder at the amount of time these must have taken!

  28. Brigadeiro

    2009-07-02 at 11:57 PM

    Oh. My. Goodness. That is truly mindblowing! The colours, the textiles, the details, the cut! Such stunning works of art! If only I could afford one (would LOVE the 1st or 3rd piece in particular) to hang on my wall…*sigh* one can dream…

  29. maggie/noirohio vintage

    2009-07-03 at 12:11 AM

    these are absolutely stunning. thanks for sharing!!

  30. hek

    2009-07-03 at 12:11 AM

    Wow these are stunning! Pieces of art.

  31. Winnie

    2009-07-03 at 12:59 AM

    These are so gorgeous, a feast for the eyes for sure!

  32. meaghancakes

    2009-07-03 at 1:13 AM

    These are absolutely amazing. I can’t get over the textures.

  33. Billy Kidd

    2009-07-03 at 2:07 AM

    so painterly. i love them! need them for a spread! RAH!

  34. Mikelle Street

    2009-07-03 at 4:09 AM

    J’ADORE!!!! I am about to freaking faint with these garments!!! I love, and just right before Paris Haute Couture fashion week!!! Maybe I’ll open up my Haute Couture posts with this!

  35. Gloria

    2009-07-03 at 4:15 AM

    nice job Susie- what a find!
    the work is really very beautiful. I must do some more research. thanks for sharing it with us.

  36. Bombshell Kitten

    2009-07-03 at 4:24 AM

    The workmanship in those pieces is just astounding and beautiful. And those black leggings are just wow!

  37. KD

    2009-07-03 at 4:49 AM

    One word: WHOA.

  38. arline

    2009-07-03 at 5:09 AM

    These are like paintings. How beautiful!

  39. kim

    2009-07-03 at 6:49 AM

    Oh wow. The one-shoulder one is my favourite, I’d love to wear it to something like a summer wedding… (and totally out-shine the bride, mu-haha)

  40. Sara Bara

    2009-07-03 at 6:56 AM

    WOW – exquisite! this collection just made my day! thank you!

  41. Male-Mode

    2009-07-03 at 8:06 AM

    Pretty extraordinary. I’d love a bowties done like these.

  42. Nikki

    2009-07-03 at 8:32 AM

    These are amazing indeed, thanks for sharing!

  43. missmilki

    2009-07-03 at 10:58 AM

    Absolutely stunningly gorgeous!

  44. jy

    2009-07-03 at 11:16 AM

    gosh rite. its like faerie-spun. the fourth pic looks like psychedelic mercury. i had to focus to realise its not an optical illusion..its a dress hahah

  45. Ruhvana

    2009-07-03 at 12:27 PM

    I think I have never seen anything like this. Truly astonishing. I’m speechless.
    Love your blog.

  46. Denise @ Swelle

    2009-07-03 at 4:00 PM

    Two words: Holy shit.

  47. Victoria Buchanan

    2009-07-03 at 4:45 PM

    These are beautiful πŸ™‚

  48. Le Fashion Intern

    2009-07-03 at 5:31 PM

    Hi, I’m actually commenting for the first time but I’ve been following this blog for quite some time but wow, you post some pretty inspiring designs on your blog but this post was the most inspiring yet! This designer, Marit seems to be so incredibly good at what she’s doing and seeing something like the first dress… wow, it’s mind blowing and just like a piece of art with this fantastic blurry landscape and just a lot of feeling. I don’t even want to guess how many hours this designer spent on making these dresses but it was soooo worth it! Just to see it really makes me want to pursue my design in this direction further. Wow.. I’m totally blown away by the beauty!

  49. Meream

    2009-07-03 at 7:15 PM

    Those look alive!!!! That is a positive statement. Man, she is something.

  50. Lucy

    2009-07-03 at 9:59 PM

    Marit is amazing! I saw some pieces featured on Arabelle’s blog, referencing your blog. I love the textures and the colors and the loose threads…so pretty.

  51. Shrimpton Couture

    2009-07-04 at 8:01 PM

    Susie is there a way to put me in touch with her please?

  52. Theresa

    2009-07-04 at 11:48 PM

    That first dress is AMAZING. I WANT it. I NEED it like I need to breath air. Do you think she’d be up for selling it? I probably couldn’t afford it. I’ll just go and sob in a corner now….

  53. przemek

    2009-07-05 at 7:27 AM


  54. Dina

    2009-07-05 at 2:54 PM

    This is so good I might cry.

  55. PinkBow

    2009-07-05 at 4:09 PM

    absolutely stunning, the fabric is amazing!

  56. anna

    2009-07-06 at 12:17 PM

    omg, that’s f****** fantastic!!! genius!

  57. Vicky

    2009-07-07 at 12:52 PM

    How how HOW did she do that thread work?! And the sculptured leggings are beyond amazing. That is one talented lady right there!

  58. S

    2009-07-08 at 2:40 PM

    this is absolutely unbelievable! Couture ready to wear! How she puts the two concepts together, I don’t know. I just want them…NOW! If she doesn’t get picked up by a major store or fashion house…INJUSTICE!

  59. Kendall

    2009-07-08 at 11:00 PM

    Marit is amazing!!
    Sus do you have any info – contact info ??

  60. danielle

    2009-07-09 at 5:30 PM

    holy amazing! so great. wow.

  61. inaya

    2009-07-10 at 6:03 AM

    ahh I saw these reposted somewhere and had to come and say thank you so much for doing this entry! what a treat for the eyes.

  62. Patricia

    2009-07-11 at 3:27 PM

    Ohhh … I wish I could wear them!

  63. Fabulous Finds Gal

    2009-07-21 at 12:45 AM

    I was so blown away that I had to immediately blog about Marit’s work as well. Well… you know the feeling! I linked back to ya. Please let her know for me and wishing her all the best in her endeavors.

  64. megan v

    2009-07-22 at 12:37 PM

    When I got to the first photo that showed an actual close-up is when it REALLY hit me. My mouth dropped open and I ghasped, and said “Is that embroooideryy??” (out loud to myself alone in my apartment). And then I realized that my face was all contorted as if I was looking at the most disturbing image. And continued to scroll down in amazement. What an amazing talent!!! You are right – we are all talentless fools now thanks to Marit!!! Great!! πŸ˜‰

  65. friendinfashion

    2009-08-04 at 11:28 PM

    This is all sooo gorgeous – I think i’m in love πŸ˜‰

  66. jordan france

    2010-11-11 at 10:00 AM

    oh so funny!

  67. Daisy Elisabeth

    2011-01-18 at 8:58 PM

    OMFG. I seriously love these. And this post has saved my whole art project! Thank you!

  68. Sierra

    2011-12-16 at 7:53 PM

    For Sale?

  69. Kate

    2014-09-06 at 9:53 PM

    how do you describe the sort of cut out bits in a proper textiles term?

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