Luke Azzopardi’s methodology of fusing together powerful visuals, academic research and artisanal design is what distinguishes his work as one of Malta’s foremost fashion artists. This translates into the ethos of the maison, a self-sustainable atelier embracing concept-based fashion and beauty. The nature of the Azzopardi’s work looks to fashion as an art object. Wearable products are presented as results of investigations into art history, and studio events are designed as immersive cultural experiences.
Luke Azzopardi (b.1992) is a couturier and multidisciplinary artist from Victoria, Gozo. After studying at Central Saint Martins, London, and the University of Malta, Luke Azzopardi launched his eponymous brand. The Luke Azzopardi studio focuses on the idea of timeless elegance stemming from Luke's academic background in costume history. Azzopardi was awarded the prestigious 'Premio Cultura e Moda 2016' by L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the 'Fashion Designer of the Year 2018' award by LovinMalta, and has most recently been shortlisted for the award of 'Artist of the Year 2018/19' by Arts Council Malta.
The interfacing realms of fashion- and art-making often delves into confessional themes of identity-building, cultural rites, and historic rituals, deriving fresh new narratives with which to reach out to audiences. Immersive events maximise on the narratives of each space and contribute to the complex, layered stories that they become a part of. The multi-mediatic nature of the studio’s work has created contemporary statements beyond the consumable, commercial tendencies of the fashion world, towards the layered, complex potentialities of the art object.