Amy Plant

Amy Plant

Amy Plant

COURSE: FASHION

Pathway: Design Womenswear 2019

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His Great Loves

'His Great loves' came from the starting point of the artist David Hockney and is based upon all of his work and after closer examining his life, specifically his love life. I was inspired by so much of Hockney's work and pieces such as the 'splash' series specifically stood out to me for the sadness and depth that can be seen within the painting, on the canvas a man looking upon the water at what we can assume as his lover who has jumped in. The distance of water that parts the two men was suggested to represent the wall between the lovers. I later found that this painting was actually a portrait of David himself who had dived into the water whilst his ex- lover Peter Schlesinger looks distantly on to him. This painting provoked me to further explore the story behind David's life within his relationships, towards Peter and previous lovers which has allowed me to create the final outcome of a collection that examines a lover per look. The collection additionally includes recreations of a lot of his scenic bold bright paintings and I have tried to encapsulate this into the story of each of his lovers. Being homosexual in his early career really moulded into a lot of his depictions of his work and was the aspect that really interested me, these great relationships and meaningful connections he had retained throughout his life had such a direct influence on his work. The collection ranges from the lovers he had during his time at university, further leading to his time in America and his relationships in later life. The work is often a reminiscent a shrine of some of the lost loves in his life however, looks which can be seen on the first development page in this portfolio feature a print which is based upon his scenic paintings and is completely filled with embellishment and beading work. All pieces in my collection are individually embellished with different beading techniques and often use graphics and text to portray the meaning behind, featuring a fully beaded vest which is on the water look featuring the quote “everything reminded him of his lost lover” directly from Hockney’s Biography. I wanted to create this almost other colourful world inspired by the lovers of Hockney’s life often involving the male anatomy featuring a full sized male body across a two pice suit. There is a crude element in my collection which is humorous and I want this to stand out like a piece of art would, often the prints of the naked figures merge into a mosaic which are covered and formed around the embellishment and bead work featured on every garment.

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