ERIC RAISINA is one of those designers able to transport you immediately into his own private universe. It was in his home of Madagascar where he began his foray into design and sewing. Natural materials, such as silk, raffia, sisal, linen and cotton quickly became his trademarks.
Winning the prize of New Young Talent at the Fashion Festival and Textile Competition ( MANJA ) enabled him to study in Paris at the Duperré School where he excelled in the creation of textiles. He began entering his creations in the Haute Couture shows in Paris, and graduated with a Master’s degree from the Institut Français de la Mode in 1999.
His taste for exploration compelled him to discover new cultures and diverse techniques in Africa as well as in Asia. Various experiences gave him the confidence to start his own workshop where he trained weavers, sewers, and embroiderers. Research began on new textures, colors, unique weave patterns, most recognizable Silk Fur and Natural Raffia lace.
He was commissioned to create unique textiles for the fashion houses of Yves Saint-Laurent and Christian Lacroix. The textiles themselves inspire him to go to the heart of the matter, creating designs with the forms of the materials themselves, by passing the sketching stage.
One of the techniques he has developed is to create small, flat flowers shapes out of silk organza and then crochet together in the order of size and color that he wants.
Eric doesn’t go for patterns, he goes for textures.
ERIC RAISINA haute texture Collection is composed of one of a kind pieces and accessories which demonstrate his passion and talent for style, which continues to evolve, all the while staying true to his personal taste.
His collections have been shown in Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States.