Taiana Giefer, a native Californian, lives and works in New York City. Throughout her life she has immersed herself in the world of Fashion and the Arts. She has always been driven to explore and push the boundaries of function, color, texture, shape and scale. Much of Taiana's inspiration comes from the wide range of personalities materials can take on. Merino wool has been an incredible tool for Taiana to create a new high-end fashion, bordering between the lines of art vs. wearable art. Taiana is now collaborating with Studio One Eighty Nine to present some of her uniquely hand-woven beautiful scarves on their Fashion Rising Collection.
Her scarves, throws, wraps, and shawls are inspired by an old felting technique. It is a laborious type of weaving without the assistance of a loom, and instead woven by hand. The only materials involved in the process are raw fiber from different breeds of the Merino Sheep, warm water, and natural soap made from olive oil. The Merino is an economically influential breed of Sheep prized for its wool. Merinos are regarded as having the finest and softest wool of any sheep, making it a perfect material for scarves and wraps. After a series of extended agitation techniques and picking processes have been applied to the fibers following the weave, the pieces are ready for use. This process can take anywhere from 2 days to 2 weeks to create just the right texture and aesthetic. Each pieces is 100% handmade by the designer, and will turn out unique from any other.
Taiana’s fabrics have been reinvented from one of the most ancient textile techniques and brought to the modern world of fashion as one of a kind, ageless pieces of art. An unusual component of the work is its complete versatility. Working not only as a sculpture on ones body, but also easily thrown/placed/folded onto any object in ones home, walls, or surroundings.
The idea of the Company Taiana was conceived in Germany in 2007 and took off in 2009, after her collaboration with Calvin Klein’s designer Francisco Costa. For his fall 2009 collection, Costa presented a number of pieces using custom fabrics created by Taiana on the runway. From there, she has worked on many more collaborations, including further works with the Calvin Klein Collection, Rick Owens, Helmut Lang, Maiyet, Inaisce, and Fauxtale Design.