Less is more. I usually feel short changed when someone uses that phrase, as though they are using some sleight of hand to pull the wool over my eyes. Minimalism is an incredibly difficult aesthetic to master, most have tried and failed miserably, only the great and good survive and thrive. Basically, you really do need to be a prodigy to make the fashion elite sit up and take notice. Tze Goh is the new kid on the block, turning heads with his beautifully structured statement garments. This is a scenario where less is certainly more and I’m getting more than I bargained for.
Tze Goh was born and bred in Singapore, before moving to America to study at the Parsons School of Design, New York. He then studied in Paris for a short period, before relocating to London to complete his MA in Fashion Design at the omnipresent Central Saint Martins in 2010. February of the same year, saw him reveal his first collection at the MA graduate show in the British Fashion Council space at Somerset House. It was recieved with raptuous acclaim and praise for his method of marrying a sculpted and minimal aesthetic garnished with alluring silhouettes. It was a whole new perspective on minimalism, truly gorgeous because Goh managed to create these seamless contours that hugged the body, curvatious that looked almost like carved marble to achieve wonderful sculpted silhouettes. Goh referenced classic Asian shapes from his heritage and revamped them to be relevant today by using malleable three dimensional foams to achieve the beautifully precise lines.
With his third collection on show in both London and Paris, Tze Goh’s reputation was beginning to precede him and he was ear marked for great things by Vauxhall Fashion Scout as “One To Watch” . A sometimes heavy label that attracts both srcutiny and a positive buzz that reaches fever pitch. The ethos for Autumn/Winter 2011(images below) is the same, minimalist silhouettes, but Goh has introduced darker and heavier garments created from wool and cashmere. There is a more sophisticated dynamic to the way the pieces are cut and the designer claims to reference modern architecture and Porsche interiors. Personally, I can see a lot of Jil Sander influence coursing through Goh’s aesthetic because both cut these dramatic, audacious and seamless silhouettes that are out to make a statement . Dare I say it, but the pieces look timeless, not trend conscious at all; imagine Frank Gehry constructing a dress, and there you have it. Tze Goh is stocked at LN-CC , but visit his website for more.
Images via TzeGoh.com