Andrew Majtenyi’s career began in the mid-90s, where he honed his sartorial skills as the men’s tailor for the Shaw Festival in Ontario - and proceeded to spend 15 years designing for theatre production. At the beginning of the 00s, he turned his attention to couture-inspired upscaled women’s sportswear.
Majtenyi doesn’t start with a sketch like most fashion designers. He instead takes his inspiration from the texture and complexity of the fabric. His vision for each piece manifests itself in his mind, influenced by rapidly evolving surroundings and the cultural consumption of his day-to-day life. For him, fashion is an exploration of design, and the process of manufacturing new functions from constant motion.
Majtenyi’s designs are sexy yet sophisticated, elegantly tailored, and featuring bright and bold prints – a womenswear collection with an emphasis on forward-thinking tailoring and textured fabrics. Building upon his work in the theatre, his designs hold an abstractly futuristic influence.
But one cannot talk about Majtenyi’s work without the mention of its movement, which breathes life into his silhouettes. When in motion, Andrew Majtenyi’s work becomes a piece of immersive theatre. In adding copious volume or purposely obscuring the female form, his work looks to layer complexity. Majtenyi’s fashion cannot simply exist on the hanger; only in movement does the true magic of his garments become apparent. Playing with the dynamic of quiet and loud frames, the collection demands to be touched and worn, straddling the line between explicit art and functional design.