Rawwr! The Ada Zanditon Tigress Reign Collection S/S 2013

"The Tiger is the world's largest cat, and it is also the most threatened with extinction. One hundred years ago, as many as 100,000 wild tigers roamed the forests and grasslands of Asia. Today, fewer than 3,200 tigers remain in the wild in 13 countries."    
Inspired by the boundless majesty of the Tiger, Ada Zanditon has created a sensual collection of elegant sculptural ready to wear items for the warrior queen within us all. The heroine of the story is the Tigress, beautiful and wild, yet exquisitely glamorous, she is the epitome of the Ada Zanditon woman. Zanditon's signature looks abound in this collection of regal dresses, billowing separates and sharply tailored jackets.

To create the world of the Tigress, Zanditon drew inspiration from a diverse range of cultures and era's. Using the library of the Imperial War Museum, detailed research on the uniforms, documenting photographs and medals of the British Indian Army circa 1900 onwards, inspired the key silhouettes and subversive print stories. Zanditon's blending of traditional Indian bridal wear with the classic Regency cut, via her Bauhaus prism, results in floor sweeping gowns with voluminous drape, the liquidity of which is in elegant contrast to form fitting shapes and signature sculptural shoulder detailing. As always her cut is chosen to feel as luxurious to the wearer as it appears to the viewer.

Zanditon explored the use of Tiger imagery in art across cultures, selecting her colour palette and print style
from: the Chinese paper cutting tradition and the paintings of Henri Rousseau. Zanditon uses transparent,
metallic and sheer silk fabrics layered with this season's unique prints.

Bright gold, fiery orange and tropical jungle green & turquoise are set off against an obsidian backdrop with hints of tan and tobacco, a fresh modern take on Rousseau's widely loved Tiger in Tropical Storm. At the heart of the collection is Zanditon's passion for endangered species, the Tiger itself, whose incredible strength and power has inspired throughout. Joe Smith & Camilla Fritze of the charity Panthera provided valuable insight into the essence of the Tigress.

Key pieces: The Jungle dress is a voluminous Bauhaus take on a Regency classic.

The Prestige dress is a body con peplum silhouette, with draped detailing, where the elegant grey hues of
the medal canopy print, contrast against a backdrop of dazzling gold. The same radiant hue which has been used to create The Raj coat - with oversized military shoulders and Regency flair - it can be worn as a coat or a dress.

The Beach & Beyond dress (which is set to be a new Zanditon classic zero waste piece), fun & breezy, this innovative multi functional and stylish design can be worn to suit whether you are on the beach or out for the evening.

True to form, Ada Zanditon & Luca Romanyi continue to forge their signature upon the critically acclaimed jewellery collection. The Tigress silhouette is placed at the centre of the medals and imagery, highlighting the heroine of the narrative. This is etched into surfaces of the upcycled wood using laser cut & etching technology, a process which is then perfected into the final product by Romanyi's expert hand.

Wood pieces are decorated with the collections digital print and veg tan leather textiles and organic paint. The flowing curved and crescent forms are inspired by the sensual lines of the Tigers eyes and their unique markings.


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