Gabriella Marina Gonzalez specialises in handcrafted accessories and footwear. She has recently relocated her brand base to Berlin after nearly a decade in London. The Miami native graduated from Central St Martins Women’s Wear in 2009. Her 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 and crocheted to create intricately detailed jumpers and gowns. SHOWstudio described her graduate collection as: ‘Savage buckled harnesses, zippered leathers and hefty cobweb mohair that looked as if they had been knitted on a couple broomsticks.’ Often pairing 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 and 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 costume and editorial commissions, working with stylist and photographers such as Edward Enninful, B.kerlund, Alister Mackie, Hedi Slimane, Karl Lagerfeld, Craig McDean & Nick Knight. Her work has also been displayed in the V&A and MoBA as well as printed in several hardcover catalogues. A sense of duality is present in much of her work. 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 and fragility, demonstrated in her delicate use of resilient materials.
Photo: Lucia Sciandro, Berlin 2017