Lara Klawikowski is a South African fashion designer and illustrator based in Cape Town. She launched her eponymous label in 2010 with a focus on avant-garde design, after graduating from CTCFD and winning the SACTWU Condom Dress Design Award. She showcased her first ready-to-wear collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town in 2013.
Lara Klawikowski designs wearable art - bespoke womanswear handcrafted at her studio. Her designs are intriguingly tactile and artisanal, with a distinctive artistry, femininity, edge, and other-worldly beauty. She employs unpredictable pattern-cutting and garment construction, organic draping and proportions. Her love for unusual detail, texture and inventive use of fabric and waste has led to constant experimentation with recycled, upcycled and re-fabricated materials. She won the Innovative Design and Materials Award, as well as the coveted Changemaker Award at the TWYG x Country Road Sustainable Fashion Awards 2020.
Her bespoke designs can be ordered from her studio in Cape Town. Her ready-to-ready designs are sold in small runs at local boutiques and online via sustainable fashion platforms.
In 2014, Lara Klawikowski was asked to do live fashion illustrations of local fashion editors at a Mimco Spring launch brunch in Cape Town. She has sketched hundreds of people since then, for various brands and clients.