South-Mongolian born, Paris trained Tsolo Munkh has a quiet and sensitive demeanor which belies her determination and great talent. Having graduated from the Atelier Chardon Savard only in 2009, she then went on to win the Prestigious Prix Public at the 25th International Festival of Fashion and Photography – Hyeres 2010, and launch her signature line, Tsolo. Known for her incredible textures – origami pleats, patchwork and embroidery all play a part – the designer known for her instinctiveness and intelligence has teamed up with JOYCE to create an exclusive online collection for the boutique.
JOYCE caught Up with Tsolo at her bustling showroom. Seated at her table amongst the busy team she goes through her sketches with the project and reminisces on her creative journey.
Tsolo has created an entirely blue collection for JOYCE and she’s keen to point out where the initial direction came from. “When Joyce asked me to collaborate on this project they asked me to think about colour. Us Mongolians, we respect, we pray, we look to the sky, to blue...this colour gives me strength, that’s why I chose it.”
Tsolo’s work is detailed and thoughtful and the fabric is always layered with delicate textures.
She pulls out a particular sketch of one of her most successful designs for JOYCE, an incredible dress with a stunning asymmetrically cut top and collar, typical of Mongolian dress. “If you look here the top is embroidered with cord, a traditional Mongolian technique” she explains.
However Tsolo does not want to simply recreate the techniques of her heritage, fiercely proud of them, though she is. She wants to play around with the fabric and make it modern; her own. She points to the detail, “there, I put tiny holes in to see the skin and the top becomes a little transparent.”
Though steeped in the tradition of Tsolo’s homeland, the essence of the collection for JOYCE comes back to one very simple thing. “The defining colour in Asian arts and craft is red. Red writing, red embroidery and red fabric everything stems from the colour red. That’s why I chose blue! to be different from all other Asian artists.”
A traditionalist and a modernist rolled into one, a very clever designer indeed.