Naomi Raggatt has a healthy obsession with pleats and folds. It all started during her years at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. From here, she rolled up her sleeves and went to Paris to work with top avant-garde designers like Bernhard Wilhelm, BLESS, Anne-Valerie Hash and Haider Ackermann. Then there was London: her opportunity to learn from some of the best Savile Row tailors and where she became intimate with the craft.
Coming into her own, this pistol of a designer gave an admirable rant in our interview, “It [fashion] should be fumbling around in the darkness, smashing into things. Limbs and egos bruised until something good emerges.” And, using this passionate credo, she started her line RAGGATT in 2009.
After three years, the brand continues to exude a minimal voice with collections that balance a sculpted drape and sharp cuts of precision and tailoring. Shifting seams and revving up the basic pattern to create unexpected forms and looks with body and substance is the her philosophy. Considering design from all angles, she approaches fashion from a three-dimensional approach.
For each season, she selects one to two pieces that are both aesthetically strong and functional to build upon in either a fresh colorway or treatment which leaps beyond the familiar. For spring, a soft blue and sharp red are colors that make the collection stand out. Flattering dresses in out of the ordinary treatements, drop-crotch pants and on-trend peplums are polished with strength and show her clear vision for draping, tailoring and construction.
Check out the collection at RAGGATT.
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