Finnish designer Satu Maaranen is a graduate of Aalto University and recipient of the Première Vision prize of the 28th Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival as well as a RA Prize. After studying art and art pedagogy, she interned at Erica (Italy) and Christian Wijnants (Belgium). Maaranen has been featured in Vogue France, Vogue Italia, The Business of Fashion, Interview Magazine, L’Officiel, Womens Wear Daily, Untitled Magazine, i-D online, Marie Claire as well as in Showstudio (among many others). She now works as a freelance designer.
With her collection "Garment in Landscape", Maaranen created a timeless character who changes from being a woman to a boy and back, a person who would be avant-garde and slightly mysterious. She wanted to create a collection that would take into account the surrounding landscape and did research about Land Art, the camouflage phenomenon and the revolutionary Finnish print design in the 60s. She also undertook specific work with innovative materials, covering silk, cotton and viscose with grass, sawdust and sand. Maaranen wishes to instigate a new reflection on Haute Couture (all of her materials and prints are handmade) by leading it into another poetic dimension.
"Instead of simply looking at the landscape, it is a question of genuinely experimenting with it, of blending into it. Through movement the garment becomes an integral part of the landscape, it shapes it."
Her collection will be displayed at RA Paris during the Fashion Week this month.