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Design Intern at MONSE Fall 2020: Knitwear

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

Hey everyone welcome to my first ever blog entry. This semester I had the best opportunity to get my first ever internship at MONSE as a Fabric Research and Design Intern! Although I only spend approx. 3 months interning here due to the virus my internship ended mid march but I learned a lot of things!

This photo was taken at the MONSE fall 2020 Runway show where I helped backstage, dressing models, help direct photoshoots, and many more. This photo I cherished the most because I finally got to meet Laura Kim and Fernando the creative directors!

To begin with, my experience in the knitting world is nonexistent before I took the digital knit class this semester. All I ever did is knit a bulky scarf with really big needles. Lucky for me, I took this class and internship on the same semester, so what I am learning in my knitting class, I try to find knit fabrics that resembles it... And yup I found a lot.

MONSE Fall 2020 collection has a lot of knitwear pieces, from sweaters, t skirts, jackets. A perk of working in a smaller company is that I got the chance to touch and feel each clothing article while examining the type of knit stitches they use.

These knitwear designs shown above are some of my favorites in the collection. While I was interning I got the chance to see their motifs up closely and the type of knit stitch they use. I was initially amazed because the company does not have Kaledo programs, thus they designed everything in adobe (just like what we are learning to do in this pandemic hahahaha). My supervisor said that it is amazing to have the skills to create knit designs both in Kaledo and Adobe, because as designers we are sometimes given tasks that requires different kinds of softwares.

My supervisor showed me her MONSE knit design files and she taught me briefly how she designed the collection. After examining the finished products I realized something amazingly unique. THEY USE THE LEFT SIDE OF THE FABRIC. Meaning, they utilize the 'wrong' side of the fabric as a design aesthetic. They use a lot of type in the design inserting MONSE in their motifs, with using the left side of the fabric, all of the type are backwards with longggg floatsss and create an amazingly unique end results. But what makes this super successful is that, they utilize the extra trimmings and floats as a part of the distress aesthetic of the goth rock aesthetic.

As I mentioned before, it is definitely true that there are no such thing as the true face of the fabric because both sides are useable and have its own characteristics. How crazy it is if you think about it to make a FAIRE ISLE DESIGN looks absolutely interesting and new. MONSE's designs inspires me to design something that is original and inspiring. I fell in love with their jacquard knitting techniques and now excited to explore the world of knitting.



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