R A E A N A
A conceptual luxury womenswear brand, noted for sculpturing leather and fur pieces with a left wing edge. Designer, Raeana Anaïs curates a range of narratives with bold silhouettes in leather and fur- including the ARTHROPODA series inspired by beetles of the phylum Arthropoda. She gained an affinity for designing with fur while studying at Parsons Paris, and later trained at the worlds foremost creative laboratory for developing new ideas in fur- The Saga Furs Design Centre and graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2010.
A R T H R O P O D A
THE PHYLUM ARTHROPODA IS THE LARGEST AND MOST VARIED IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM INCLUDING WELL OVER ONE MILLION DESCRIBED SPECIES. THIS REPRESENTS APPROXIMATELY THREE-QUARTERS OF ALL KNOWN BIOLOGICAL ORGANISMS, LIVING OR EXTINCT.
THE EXPLORATION OF ARTHROPODA IS AN ONGOING SERIES BY DESIGNER RAEANA ANAIS BEGINNING WITH REFERENCE TO THE PASSALIDAE SPECIES. THERE ARE ROUGHLY 500 SPECIES OF PASSALIDAE, ALL SHARING A UNIQUE STRUCTURAL MAKEUP OF HEAVILY STRIATED ELYTRA. THE PARALLEL ROWS UNIQUE TO PASSALIDAE BEETLES INFORMED THE SCULPTURED LEATHER PIECES IN THE COLLECTION. EACH PIECE IS CONCEPTUALIZED AS A FORM OF ARMOR. A HUMAN EXOSKELETON. THE BALANCED HYBRID OF FANTASY AND FUNCTION.