My walks in Utrecht, Netherlands took me each day past wonderful windows of this marvelous dress workshop. The piece above is what I could see through the window, very interesting and intriguing! I looked up this fabulous designer once I got home and with his kind permission bring you these extravagant and fabulous wearables.
Peter George d’Angelino Tap’s career spans a period of twenty five years. In these years he has surpassed the boundaries usually known to fashion designers. His designs found their way to the world of theater, opera and ballet. His source of inspiration is the arts - be it poetry, music or the figurative arts. His inquisitive mind gave him an edge: he successfully integrated these disciplines into his designs and vice versa. His career started in Paris where he worked for Bruno Gainville and for the then upcoming label Kitty Cendress.
After returning to The Netherlands d’Angelino Tap designed scarves and handbags for the famous Dutch designer Frank Govers and started his own fashion label PGXXX. d’Angelino Tap not only created countless ladies’ and gentlemen’s couture and ready to wear collections that were shown on international catwalks in Paris, Antwerp, Dusseldorf and Berlin. He was also able to simultaneously design costumes for commercials, opera and theater- and ballet productions. His affection for the arts in general, made it possible to participate actively in numerous projects and exhibitions in museums like the KunstHal in Rotterdam and the Gemeente Museum in The Hague.
This ability to shift between the different art disciplines has everything to do with his design philosophy. His starting point is the basic ‘straight piece of cloth’ which he approaches multi-dimensionally. It looks like an origami technique: simply by folding and cutting the fabric d’Angelino Tap is able to create new form solutions. By doing so the material is barely compromised and remnants are left to a minimum. Most of d’Angelino Tap’s designs are derived from his fascination for the sheer endless possibilities offered by non western patterns, which he is able to transport into a western cut. His aim is to create his own ‘design language’.
His work tries to escape trend and time. He only shows collections that display renewal in itself: an essential contribution to fashion. With this philosophy in mind: “I am trying to create something timeless”. d’ Angelino Tap’s work shows not only thought but also pure craftsmanship. His designs stand out for their unique use of intricate patterns and elaborate employment of fabric. His aspiration is to design clothes that have a feeling of limitlessness. The owners should feel themselves ‘rich and secure’ in his designs. His main objective in his couture collection is that his creations ‘embrace & reveal'. ‘To embrace’ since the creation was specifically made for the owner and ‘to reveal’ because it shows something specific about the owner. This has nothing to do with nudity, but everything with what is inherent to the wearer: body & soul fused together.
By Clemente Brakel, with kind permission from Peter George d’Angelino Tap’s wonderful website