With a keen eye for detail and a desire to have an impact on the commercial fashion industry, a degree in Fashion Design with Garment technology has provided an initial platform in which to do so. The work completed throughout my time at University, paired with my work placement at Paul Smith has provided me with an understanding of what is required for a career in the fashion industry whilst instilling valuable lessons which will contribute towards my success in a future career as a Garment Technologist.
Combining simple tailored silhouettes with colour flash detailing, this Final Major Project has paved the way for a playful experimentation through all stages of the production process creating red seal garments which have the perfect balance between creative and commercial. Building upon the knowledge and skills gained from my work placement at Paul Smith, I have been given an insight into the production process on a whole. Whilst following a critical path, I have taken garments from design stage through to Quality control. The base size patterns produced have then been graded up one size to establish grade rules to be input into Gerber for the creation of a graded nest. Overall this project has enabled the creation of my personal version of Sir Paul Smith's 'clothes with secrets'.
All Traces Of Man explores the definitive relationship between nature and industrialism. Creating an environment where natural and industrial elements are appreciated. This collection showcases the manipulation of fabric to recreate corrugated metal, also involving rope detailing and knitwear inspired by nature.
Inspired by two artists, Kate Blacker who explores the relationship to sculpture and painting and Jonathan Jimenez a photographer who's interest focuses on abandoned buildings reclaimed by nature. The textiles within this collection are influenced by Blacker's corrugated metal and mountain paintings, as well as Jimenez's nature photography. These evolved into prints, knitwear influenced by natural elements, as well as fabric manipulated to create corrugated fabric.
This project includes several different elements. A Graduate digital portfolio, a conceptual Look Book, and 3 Final garments that were showcased at BCU Preview Show.
A Menswear Capsule Collection Inspired by Traditional Tailoring Techniques with A Contemporary Design Approach.
The King's Huntsman is a characterization of traditional menswear tailoring but with a contemporary design twist. From September 2019 to May 2020, this collaborative project, with Karlus G, Tailor and Nedge Farm Riding Centre, was influenced by 19th Century tailoring. Specifically looking into the bespoke uniforms of equestrian riders. Research consisted of library books, documentaries and visits to Nedge Farm Riding Centre before being developed further throughout the design phases.
My portfolio is a representation of the whole process, including conceptual research, design development, final capsule collection line up and a visualisation of the final photoshoot of my final major project at Birmingham City University. This is the story of The King's Huntsman 2020 by Emma Lauren Heywood.
I gained an interest towards winterwear, specifically the safety equipment and accessories used around rock climbing, focussing my collection on men’s sportswear. To establish in-depth research, I explored a range of television shows and books, gaining knowledge in the necessity of safety equipment, primarily related to climbing mount Everest. Inspired by the safety equipment, I contemplated how to adapt the equipment to give it a different purpose in menswear. When developing the ideas into prints, I examined various landscapes and surroundings, gaining the majority of, my inspiration from mountain imagery. I created my print using mountain silhouettes, by drawing out mountain peaks repetitively, created a unique, independent pattern. My research inspired me to use contrasting colours to make the garments stand out. I then continued, on to stand work, which allowed me to experiment with silhouettes, drawing on inspiration from buckles and cords on the safety equipment, constructing unusual shapes, bringing the collection together.
Abenaa's collection was inspired by the shape, siheloette, colour and tartan print displayed in kabuki theatre art that had a theme of revenge. To go with it, the collection was combined with Kill Bill Vol 1, 2 as they shared the same theme, as well as colour and print. Together, the collection has a series of textile prints that are a twist to the traditional Japanese tartan and display a range of colours and compositions.
The collection is strong statement through the oversized fit and layering of the outfits which is inspired by the costumes, kabuki Artists endure during their performance.
The human body is the most complicated machine and art, and artists are happy to explain this mysterious beauty from different angles and different ways. In this project, I studied some works by Jenna Mello Landini and kinetic sculptor Arthur Ganson and learned about the connection between mechanics and art. I want to use different materials to express my mechanical and human connections. This series of designs revolve around this potential connection, which seems to be independent of each other, but also connected in some way.
“ Memories tickets”
Inspired by childhood memories and looking back mentality. Whether it is a weird doll, strange bunny, a sweet ice cream, a lively Carnival, or maybe happy holiday time, are all part of this memory story. Childhood memories often affect a lifetime, and looking back at the child ’s world from an adult ’s perspective becomes more interesting, which can be from multiple angles. A “MEMORY TICKET ” that can go back to childhood, and how many people will choose to accept. This theme is divided into two series of spring and summer and autumn and winter, SS is dominated by cheerful holiday memories, AW is dominated by a strange atmosphere of sadness. The two are connected by embroidery words Tickets.
The 80's was a decade where women tried to be as equal as men in their jobs, by fighting for equal pay and equal job roles. The woman represented in this collection is feminine, fearless, strong and stands for her rights within her career.
Sustainable collection in partnership with Troficolor.
Adaptable Luxury Wear that’s made for travelling. We define luxury wear as a tailored sophisticated look, with unique trims and fastenings.
UDesire is a ‘luxury’ fashion brand aimed at 18-30 year olds that are conscious about the world and explorers.
Initial research for this project began with looking into a trend in which I can take into my brand. The trend research process looked into the 'new luxury' amongst the late generations which is 'Experiential Luxury', this is the luxury of gaining experience and exploring different places around the world instead of purchasing materialistic things. With the trend in mind, UDesire was create, a brand that thrives on luxurious fashion but adaptable so it's ideal for travel so you can wear nice, sophisticated outfits in multiple ways rather than a one time use. Additionally, the 'TT' (Transitional Travel) collection was designed which is based on various places around the world. This ombre, chain detailed collection focuses on the atmospheres of each country, it aims to bring the bold and brightest back home through fashion so that the consumers can feel the vibes of that countries aura back home.
Sonke Hair is all about supporting the natural hair movement. We are dedicated to the elevation of change within society's view when it comes to our afro hair. This zine is dedicated to the many women who have been made to feel inadequate and have been attacked as well as belittled due to our hair textures. Our hair is our crown and our pride and no one can take that away
Since the name Sonke is derived from the notion of togetherness, it’s vital to demonstrate Africa as the central part of that togetherness. It is home and home is always where the heart is. Through Sonke home I want readers to appreciate and celebrate where they come from as well as give them a taste of what they would recognise within their childhood. By doing that , the zine becomes personal and easily relatable for the audience thus forming a relationship with the publication and all it stands for.
Sonke Big Issue gathers the experiences of black females as they express what the “big issue” with society is to them when it comes to being black. This was a beautiful but emotional opportunity for me myself to personally hear the struggles of my fellow black females and people of colour and make it my responsibility to deliver their thoughts and emotions through this zine without restriction
WITHIN MY FINAL MAJOR PROJECT I HAVE, LIKE IN ALL OF MY PROJECTS CHOSEN A STRONG CONCEPT WHICH I RESEARCH IN DEPTH TO ACHIEVE A STRONG LINK THROUGHOUT MY PROJECT.
AS PART OF MY FINAL MAJOR PROJECT I BRANDED MY COLLECTION. I NAMED IT HERITAGE, WITHIN THE HERITAGE BRAND EVERY COLLECTION IS A NEW STORY EQUATING TO A NEW 'CHAPTER' WHICH IS ALWAYS THE SUBHEADING OF OUR PROJECTS.
CHAPTER 001 STARTED AT MALSHANGER HOUSE IN HAMPSHIRE.
THE STORY CAME TO MY KNOWLEDGE FROM A DIARY WRITEN BY A PETER, A RESIDENT OF OAKLEY WHICH IC CLOSE TO THE ESTATE. THE STORY IS INSPIRED BY PRINCE GEORGE, THE DUKE OF KENT ALSO KNOWN AS THE LIFE OF BY THE FORGOTTEN PRINCE. REMOVED FROM HISTORY AND SHAMED UPON BY THE ROYAL FAMILY.
WITHIN THE STORY THEIR ARE A VARIETY OF MATERIALS, TEXTURES AND TECHNIQUES THESE RANGE FROM KNIT TO UNIQUE
INNOVATIVE TAILORING. THE WOOL USED IS 100% BRITISH.