If it was up to Aitor Throup, the future we live in would be a cyber goth post-apocalyptic dystopia set in the remains of a video game which you never win – or if it was to be compared to a color pallet it would be a world deep in the dull anthracites with romantic notes of soft warm gray. His collections have always intimidated me and made me feel small and obsolete – especially if I get to see his work live in an exhibition space. Aitor doesn’t uses models – he prefers his handmade models of mesh. His confident silhouettes stream perfection and dedication to detail.
London based designer Aitor Throup was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1980. He arrived in Burnley, Lancashire in 1992 and it was there that Throup developed a passion for labels such as Stone Island and C.P. Company. Aitor’s interest in these products and his own passion for drawing led him to begin a BA in Fashion Design at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he graduated with first class honors in 2004. In 2006, he completed an MA in Fashion Menswear at the Royal College of Art in London.
In June 2012 Throup previewed his eponymous product line ‘New Object Research’ (aka his AW 2013/14 collection) where ambassadors Sarah Mower and Tim Blanks hosted the press preview. This was followed by an exclusive preview of four individual items from the product line at Dover Street Market London (the only place I’d shop if I fit their sizes), where multiple sculptures were installed throughout various spaces within the space during the store’s Frieze Art Fair ‘open house’ event.
The complete collection was revealed at the D.E. Gallery in King’s Cross during ‘London Collections: Men 2013’. The exhibition consisted of 22 ready to wear product archetypes presented within six individual scenes featuring outfits worn by Aitor’s human form sculptures, suspended and framed in bespoke steel structures of his design. “It was the culmination of six years of work, and six years of intense optimism on the part of industry insiders who’ve patiently clung to the conviction that Throup brings something unique to fashion”, said Tim Blanks for Style.com. Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune described the collection as “an effort to make reason the essence of design and apply it functionally.”