Drawing inspiration from Tim Braden, Malaysian designer Cassey Gan has dissolved and reassembled her world in her AW19 collection, Pixelated. Colourfully vivid brushstrokes take the form of pattern heavy, non-form fitting garments that reveal a new layers of Gan’s evocative work.
Known for loose-fitting silhouettes, original prints, and lightweight textiles, Cassey Gan explores thicker fabrics for the first time. Her colour pallet of blues, olives, maroons and mustards build the collection alongside wool and padded fabrics, furthering Gan’s textured approach to her luxurious AW19 pieces. The collection uses innovative shapes and heavy layering, but shifts between representation and abstraction as if to unfold something newly felt. Comfort and style are of equal importance for the label – aiming for a timeless modern appeal, Pixelated will focus on metaphor and craftsmanship to achieve the collection’s goals.
Influenced also by the impossible pace of the fashion industry and the inevitable changes rooted in the digital age, Gan harnesses her frustration at the speed which designers must now work into a furious and interconnected collection. Drawing from the incomplete and elided images of the collection’s verbal namesake, Pixelated comments on the love-hate paradox Gan sees in contemporary fashion. As speed increases, precision sometimes falters, leaving Cassey Gan’s Pixelated to recombine the pieces into a meaningful statement about the contemporary moment.