Gabriella Marina Gonzalez
Gabriella Marina Gonzalez specialises in off kilter, handmade, luxury accessories & footwear. She has recently relocated her brand base to Berlin after nearly a decade in London. The 28 yr old Miami native graduated from Central St Martins Women's Wear in 2009. The label was established shortly after, focusing mainly on unconventional luxury leather goods. Gabriella’s earlier works consisted of shredded handmade yarns that she knitted, knotted & crocheted to create intricately detailed jumpers & gowns. SHOWstudios described her graduate collection as: ‘Savage buckled harnesses, zippered leathers & hefty cobweb mohair that looked as if they had been knitted on a couple of broomsticks’. Often combining uncommon combination of materials, Gabriella creates work that is characterised by an inventive boldness, which invites inspection of more delicate intricacies. In designing, her intentions go beyond adornment.
She has a strong artistic interest in the potential to evoke atmosphere, emotion & endless association through the creation of a fashion artefact. Often this is achieved by immersing the wearer in a narrative, conjuring a sense of character and experiences. For this reason, Gabriella's work has become a popular choice for film costumes & editorial commissions, working with stylist & photographers such as Edward Enninful, B.Åkerlund, Alister Mackie, Hedi Slimane, Craig McDean & Nick Knight. Her work has also been displayed in museums such as the V&A & MoBA as well as printed in the hardcover books Design Behind Desire & Shoe You. A sense of duality is present in much of her work: sinister/sacred, pristine/used, aggression/longing. In this way she highlights the sometimes conflicting spectrum of qualities that can exist simultaneously within one person. Most frequently noticeable is a sense of dual feminine empowerment & fragility, demonstrated in her delicate use of resilient materials.