I feel privileged that, thanks to the work I do, I get to meet some of the most creative people in the fashion industry. Some of those people are truly inspiring and one of those, arguably Poland’s most celebrated uber-designer and prodigy (he showed his first collection at the age of 17), recently shared some of his precious time during my trip to Warsaw to show me his newest collection.
My meeting with Maciej Zien was one that I shan’t forget for a very long time. His Spring/Summer 2013 collection, inspired in part by Grace Jones, is a statement of bold colors and innovative forms. Zien’s sensibility is visible in every single garment he creates, all his pieces are handmade of course and only the best fabrics used. In his newest ‘Hurricane’ collection the designer opted for silk muslin, embroidered by hand with crystal beads and cleverly designed the garments in such a way, that they all resemble the anatomy of a Goliathus beetle, that inspired him during a recent visit to a taxidermist shop in Paris.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Maciej Zien is favored by so many celebrities all over the world who want his particular look for the red carpet and beyond. I fell in love with Zien-a Porter line consisting of soft leather skirts, shorts, see-through tops and shirts because even though it’s prêt-a-porter, it’s done with so much attention to details and designed in such a beautiful way, that a lot of the gowns could easily fall into the Haute Couture category.
I spend literally hours in his Atelier in Warsaw studying every dress he made, chatting with him about his inspirations and I can say with not even the slightest hesitation, that he is a truly extraordinary designer with an incredible future ahead of him.What made my visit all the more special was to discover that he is truly modest and incredibly humble, a rarity for someone of his stature, the crème-de-la-crème of Polish fashion. From now on I’m a huge fan of Maciej Zien the designer and Maciej Zien the person.
Copyright of all photos taken at Maciej Zien Atelier belongs to Dominique de Merteuil.