There is no doubt about it. Fashion is an art and an instrument of expression, but designer Aitor Throup has began to turn it into a science with his precise and scrupulous designs.
Aitor Throup, born and bred in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1980. He relocated to the not so tropical Burnley in Lancashire in 1992 where he fell in love with brands, CP Company and Stone Island, they were instrumental in his decision to pursue a career in mens fashion.Throup enrolled at Manchester Metropolitan University and completed a BA in Fashion Design in 2004, before completing an MA in Men’s Fashion from the Royal College of Art, London in 2006. He presented his graduate collection, entitled “When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods”, and it was a deeply thought out and intriguing collection because it had a strong and emotive narrative coursing through it. The collection referenced a conceptual comic book in which a throng of football hooligans unintentionally killed a young Hindu boy and they felt the only way they could purge their sin was to commit to Hinduism and become Hindu Gods in the boy’s honour. The pieces were an ingenious merging of contemporary tailoring and caricature. With the title of his collection being a potential taboo, Throup could’ve had a fatwa declared upon him, instead; it was met with positive interest and praise, praise for his ability to tell a story through beautifully constructed garments that resembled nothing that had gone before.
Throup’s success with his graduate collection spurred on the release of a new collection entitled, “The Funeral Of New Orleans: Part One” upon London Fashion Week in September 2007. It was an enthralling collection with an equally interesting narrative and was actually is a two part story. The first part of the story was about five musicians who die attempting to protect their instruments during hurricane Katrina and their garments were made from instrument cases that transform in terms of shape and functionality to suit the musician’s needs. It was an incredibly contentious issue, but it defied all notions of how a collection is presented and constructed. The collection also displayed Throup’s evident fascination with anatomy and cutting edge design and construction methods.
Over the years, Throup began picking up accolade after accolade after accolade, including the Collection of The Year Award and the i-D Styling Award. He has worked as art director/stylist with i-D magazine, Arena Homme+, V-Man, and GQ Style. In 2008 he collaborated on two special edition projects with Stone Island, which were presented at Milan Fashion Week. He was also enlisted as creative consultant with British brand, Umbro in 2008, which in turn led to his concept and design of both the home and away football kits worn by England at the 2010 World Cup.
Aitor Throup possess this flair for drawing and a unique understanding and perception of the human anatomy that allows him to construct garments in a fantasy vein, something straight out of a Frank Miller comic book, whimsical but serious enough to be deemed wearable; a manipulation and distortion that resides within the same niche as Hussein Chalayan and Martin Margiela. Aitor Throup has perfected this down to a science. Images below are from his “When Football Hooligans Become Hindu Gods” collection. View more of the designer’s collection on his website.