The Questionnaire_Thesis 5 / by Ayo Keys

Sasha Grigorik**

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*Masculine, divergent, tailored.

6 looks - 10 pieces

Inspired by MASCULINE is a womenswear collection influenced by the normative male stigma. The word masculine pertains to characteristics of a man or men which often bring up notions of power, boldness and resolute.

Essentially, this collection aims to break the boundaries that are often associated with the male gender and applying their traditions to the female form in an unorthodox manner. The initial inspiration was taken from the historical tailoring techniques of Savile Row and the examination of how their garments are constructed.

Through this dissection of the classic menswear construction, interior menswear construction details become exposed on the outside as a source of divide between traditional and radical thought. The traditional menswear tailoring process was a springboard for the rest of the collection, as it started to dictate silhouette, fabric and color story on the female form.

Key Pieces A half trench, half suit jacket done in a classic blue gabardine. One of my other key pieces is the oversized mens button down shirt but done in a sand washed silk to give it a sultry, feminine twist.

The Process

I have to say that my design process for this collection was rather sporadic. If the past 9 months have taught me anything, it’s that I now know who I want to be and how I work at my most creative. I generally start with an incredible amount of textual research (articles, books) and then move onto the visual. I

feel that once I have built my knowledge on the inspiration, I can look at the visuals in a more defined manner. I generally do not feel comfortable sketching with pen and paper but quickly adapted to the WACOM Cintiq tablet to develop my designs.

I feel that photoshop and the digital sphere allows me to envision designs that are not limiting to the classic pen and paper method.

The Customer I imagine my customer as an androgynous, mid 20’s woman that does not subscribe to traditional notions that society dictates and is confident in making a statement through her wardrobe.


**Curious, humble, indecisive

What stores would you like to see your work in? Colette or Dover Street Market.

Which brands would you like to work for? J.W. Anderson, Dior Homme & Ann Demeulemeester.

When you’ve had a bad day what keeps you going? The most recent Game of Thrones Episode.

What items can be found on you at all times? Robert Marc clear circular glasses.

What are you addicted to? Peanut butter - every morning 8:30 A.M

What did you Google last? “new asian restaurant on rue st. honore with incredible drinks”

What is the last thing you took a photo of? My roasted cauliflower pita from Miznon in the Marais.

What’s next? To be honest- I find that’s a difficult question for me to answer. A lot of fields and jobs interest me and I would never want to limit myself to a singular field. I love design and I love creating: as long as I find something that facilities this passion, I will quite literally be the happiest person in the world. I’m extremely anxious to start the next phase of my life and just see where it takes me.


Designer: Alexandra Grigorik

Photography: Sam Ssefa

Model: Joanna Graca

Makeup: Mayumi Shimizu

Hair: Yuka Sudo


You can follow Sasha on Instagram @sashagrigorik