Antonella Commatteo Shreds

Don’t ask recent graduate Antonella Commatteo what her plan B is; what you get is plan B. Antonella worked for 15 years as a PA before she enrolled at University of Wales,Newport for a  BA in Fashion Design. If you ask instead what she would like to do next, the answer comes without hesitation: Working with Julien Macdonald, Vivienne Westwood, Maison Martin Margiela, or Comme Des Garcons would be my dream job.

You know what; this may just happen. Modeconnect is not alone in thinking highly of Antonella’s work; the Evening Standard recently featured her as one of this year 5 graduates to watch out for. High praise indeed!

Antonella’s collection, aptly named Shreds, plays with deconstruction techniques, seams and raw finishes. It exposes details normally hidden, revealing the inside out. Garments are reconstructed; multiple rows of exposed seams are added to create a textile that flows into controlled chaos. Outburst of rustic orange silk threads structure shredded surfaces and dark volumes, creating stunning silhouettes. The confidence and sensuality of this collection will certainly resonate with modern men and women.

Modeconnect caught up with Antonella at GFW.


Antonella, there is something very sensual about your collection Shreds. What’s people reaction to it?
People are drawn to feel my garments.  The loose threads in the fabric urge the hand to touch. This reaction gives me much hidden satisfaction.

What was the inspiration for your collection?
My final collection is born out a very personal story. Right at the beginning of the 3rd year of my course, my personal relationship broke down. I used this separation to kick start my thought process and the initial design stage. I wanted my collection to portray the emotions and the turmoil I was experiencing. This was a tough process.

How did your collection evolve after this?

A key moment in the development of my collection was my choice of material. I put a lot of work in finding the right textile to create the shreds and controlled chaos I wanted. The final result was very dependent on this choice.

What was it like starting a creative course after 15 years working in an office?
Creativity is often associated with youth. When I joined the course I was determined to follow on the footsteps of the best. I clearly remember the first design I did; how it created a stir with the tutors and how happy I was to have my work recognised.


What are your influences, where do you draw your inspiration from?
This is difficult for me to answer; I am not aware that I take influences from anywhere.  When I am given a brief, ideas just come to me in a very visual way. I know what I want the garment to look like.  Often I manipulate my mood boards to suit the vision.

Antonella Commatteo

This is not very educationally correct!
True but creativity is very complex.


Do you have an insight there?
It is important to keep yourself inspired and research as much as you can. If you train yourself to think outside the box, creativity comes through when you start problem solving. I also think it helps to be true to what you believe in while being able to welcome changes.

What do you think is the future of fashion?
I feel the next decades will see the gradual convergence of nano and bio technologies resulting in materials with different tensile, thermal and optical properties. Information technology will be integrated into fabrics and our bodies will connect via skin-wearable to wider networks monitoring our wellbeing and allowing us to communicate.

In the meantime, what is next for you?
In an ideal world? I am aiming high. I would like to be recognised as a designer known for producing highly individual and cutting edge designs. I would like to contribute to a modern sartorial expression and chart new fashion territories.

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Written by Pierre Delarue