“I spent a lot of time out in nature this year and took my inspiration from that,” says Michael Sontag. The designer has experimented with natural dye techniques in the past, and this time he used walnuts, onions and goldenrod harvested from his own garden to create the most natural effect. “I manipulated fabrics with folds and ties before dyeing them. It’s a very old way of changing fabrics,” he explains. Drawing further inspiration from nature and its elements, Michael Sontag collected stones which he then incorporated into his clothing as well as his accessories. Yet another new approach in keeping with his sustainable design ethos: Michael Sontag showed the first few garments from a new series created from offcuts he has gathered and kept over the years, dying them and turning them into new individual pieces.
For this season, Michael Sontag presented his designs within the TRANSIT format, a three-part video series debuting at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with the aim of bringing together creatives from different industries to present their collective oeuvre. The fruit of this partnership – TRANSIT Part II – is a video clip produced in collaboration with director Max von Gumppenberg, stylist Andreas Peter Krings and musician Lyra Pramuk as the performer.
Watch the full Michael Sontag AW21 performance here.
text by Kelly Niesen
edited by Melissa Frost