Elina Laitinen

Elina Laitinen

Cable factory studios
Design / Designer | Finland
Residencies: 14.05.2018 — 27.05.2018, 13.08.2018 — 18.09.2018

Elina Laitinen is a fashion designer working at the junction of art and design. She graduated from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture with a Master of Arts in 2016. Elina has been awarded the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Hyères Fashion Festival in 2012 for a collection she designed with Siiri Raasakka and Tiia Sirén. In her work Elina explores new fashion design practices that pay attention to the larger social implication of productive work. She has researched the clothing traditions in Finland of the 1920s to the 1970s and is currently investigating the ways in which clothes were produced and used in the times before mass production dominated the markets. In the residency programme Elina plans to research home sewing culture and examine the relation that fashion designers can build onto it.

Elina Laitinen is a local resident taking part in the HIAP design residency programme 2018, together with Laura Spring. The residency programme is realised in partnership with the British Council, Helsinki Design Week, the Design Museum and the Aalto University.