Because a thing seems difficult to you, do not think it impossible for anyone to accomplish - Marcus Aurelius 121-180
It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience -Julius Caesar 100-44BC
The concept is based on the Roman empire that once ruled the ancient world. The design is focused on Roman uniform and armour and also on ancient art and architecture pieces. Different style leather layers were used to construct the garments
The play 'Chicago' offers a callous reminder that crimes were as aggressively commercialised 100 years ago as they are today.
perform for the jury and you may just get away with murder...
These costumes have been designed and made for Body Synergy's pole fitness showcase themed 'A Night at the Movies'. Specifically, for the section of the show based on the play and film 'Chicago'.
This central premise, 'crime as entertainment', has been the main source of inspiration for the project. 'Chicago' was based on 2 real murder trials, showing us how our culture commercialises crime and turns it into entertainment; rather than finding true justice.
The costumes have been made for 3 contrasting characters in the 'Cell Block Tango' routine - a guilty woman, an innocent woman, and a victim; showing the contrast of innocence and guilt, and the corruption of the criminal justice system. All costumes have been made specifically for each performer with the choreography in mind, therefore practical for use on the dance floor and the pole.
People without the knowledge of their past, origin & culture is like a tree with no roots
Fashion is part of our culture, and it's about more than just a pretty dress " - Joan Smalls
My first collection "evil spell" was inspired by black magic and insects . The look for this collection was much more dramatic and dark. I wanted the final out come to be full of fear and sadness which was captured in the film and garments.
My second collection is inspired by the rich Mughal heritage, which was full of vibrant colour and luxurious gold's.
I worked with my client to create her dream wedding dress along with bridesmaid dresses. The collection was full of fine detail created by hand, rich fabrics and beautiful colours.
Exploring coming of age and the different circumstances that befall onto teenagers who are trying to find themselves as well as fit into their society and cultures, while battling the pressures surrounding them in their daily lives from friends, family, media etc.
Sin is the only real colour element left in modern life" The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde inspired my collection, primarily his hedonistic lifestyle. Films Nymphomaniac I & II portray exaggerated displays of sexual desire, resulting in the fetish elements designed throughout the collection. Silks and neutral colour palettes reflect wealth and the naked form.
Core of hedonism:
- the only thing that is intrinsically good is pleasure.
- the only thing that is intrinsically bad is pain.
'According to hedonism, the goodness and badness of an event or state of affairs can be measured in hedons and dolors.'
"The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress." —Hubert de Givenchy
"I don't design clothes. I design dreams." —Ralph Lauren
THE INSPIRATION FOR MY CONCEPT LOOKS INTO A SPECIFIC INDIVIDUAL SOCIAL NORM WHICH AFFECTED THE WAY INDIAN WOMEN DRESSED DURING THE BRITISH RAJ (RULE) IN THE 19TH CENTURY. LOOKING INTO A SOCIAL ACTIVIST JNANADANANDINI DEVI, WHO ESTABLISHED VARIOUS CULTURAL IMPROVEMENTS AND INFLUENCED THE INITIAL PERIOD OF WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT DURING THE BRITISH RAJ. DEVI AND HER HUSBAND SATYENDRANATH TAGORE, ONE OF THE FIRST INDIAN TO JOIN THE INDIAN CIVIL SERVICE AND ALSO A SOCIAL REFORMER WHO HAD MADE A SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTION TOWARDS THE LIBERATION OF WOMEN IN THE INDIAN SOCIETY
removing the labels with in fashion, creating a movement towards a society without labels and stereotypes.
creating a brand with the aim to remove labels and stereotypes within fashion.
removing labels and creating a genderless collection that has no labels, and welcomes people of all genders, sexuality, race and religion to shop in one single collection, showing society labels are a thing of the past and now not needed.
using the concept of acceptance to create the key drivers for the collection. looking at the increase of surgery due to lack of acceptance, also the acceptance for the LGBT community in certain cultures. exploring how without labels acceptance would be a given for everyone, sexuality, gender, race, religion would not effect who the person was as no labels and stereotypes would be given to a person.
asking the question do we need labels in society today?
this brand aims to create a movement towards a genderless society, not create a trend in fashion.