To be a part of a community, to have a sense of belonging, to be at the garage forecourt. Synonymous for being lad culture, the football scene has always felt like a man’s world, “It’s a working man’s game”. AT THE GARAGE FORECOURT was inspired by my childhood of living in a football mad household, from going to my first Liverpool game at the age of nine with my dad and admiring his dedication to his team, attending the games come rain or shine and even travelling abroad to support them. This collection explores the communal aspects of football, THE FANS. Focusing on the atmosphere and build up before a game through the eyes of female football fans drawing on personal experiences. The community that shows there is no football without the fans and the food.
Developing colours and print placements through the use of Gerber and sublimation printing onto sportswear fabrics such as shadow stripe and challenging the idea of sportswear through the use of lace. As well as digital embroidery and hand embellishments.
MENSWEAR DESIGNER, challenging masculinity with a feminine twist. Inspired from social commentaries, historical context and art
THE FLOWER BOYS CLUB centers on Britain’s most exclusive all boys’ boarding school, Eton College, with an in-depth exploration of the hierarchical elite.
Graduates ranging from well-known celebrities to active politicians, this investigation explores the idyllic societal world separate to real life with a key focus on the yearly 4th of june parents day event.This collection draws on traditional tailoring shapes and silhouette, whilst pushing the boundaries with a growing graphic print and 3D embellishment.
‘Fifty-2’ is a sportswear/workwear design project based on my dad’s passion for motocross sports.Throughout my childhood I would always go to see him race and 52 was his lucky number as the one scrolled across his motor bike and protective gear.
Both the number 52 and the protective garments became the bases of my design work, looking at how
aspects of these could be converted into functional garments and product types. Buckles and hardware detailing feature heavily as well as print work taken and adapted from old photos. The project shows one catwalk collection , shown on the Graduate Fashion Week catwalk, and another more commercial athleisure/streetwear collection.
Both collections focus on functionality and practicality, two key elements of the motocross ‘uniform’.
Womenswear Designer and Upcyclist.
Emotions, experiences and stories heard during the journey are the key driving factors for the inspiration. Valuing life and presence of each and every person with the use of culturally rich textiles and techniques that benefit all. By combining modern design solutions along with indigenous techniques which run parallel with the Development Goals for a sustainable future she is trying to create a link between our daily experiences and fashion through clothing.
Final Major Project: Picture Perfect?
'PICTURE PERFECT?' is about the consolation that people find in becoming someone else. People use media for guidance, however, in the process of making themselves different they begin to lose themselves as they are overpowered by the norms and pressure of the society. Responsible consumption through production with judicious use of raw materials along with employment generation forms the foundation for the collection.
As a Final Year student at Birmingham City University specialising in menswear, my design aesthetic denotes a hybrid tailored, sportswear style inspired by youth culture from the past and present.
‘Suited Hooligans’ is a project inspired by the ‘Teddy Boys’ and the Early 2000 ‘Chav’ scene combining the two styles to form a hybrid collection featuring tailored shapes with sporty elements. Print was explored through a combination of classic checks and dogtooth, developing them in a sporty contemporary manner, experimenting with large scales and graphical compositions.‘Teddy Boys’ were the first youth group in Britain to create a youth market by differentiating themselves as ‘teenagers.’ Some formed gangs and following violent clashes with other gangs, gained notoriety for their violent lifestyle. This being similar to the stereotyped idealisation of the British ‘Chav’ whom have become recognised for their loutish behaviour, violence and speech patterns.
Lola Willis - Graduate Fashion Week 2019 Accessories Award sponsored by YKK, FINALIST
Lola's graduate collection 'The Chairman' is derived from her interest in recurring garments being worn by men to work, and in the form and functionality that she found in the office furniture in which these works sit and work at – with many spending 75% of their day in a body support including a chair.
The work of photographer, Peter Funch, served as inspiration for this collection. Standing on the same street for 9 years during the hours of 8:30am to 9:30am he captured the same people, comparatively placing pairs of images together of the same commuters, documenting and highlighting their obvious repetitive appearance choice.
The collection features mundane office wear colours, and subtle graphic and text-based repetitive prints. The large layered silhouettes of the designs reflect the male commuter wearing a similar shirt, trouser, and jacket to their workplace, with the use of foam padding and accessory design reflecting the large amount of time workers spend in their chair.
Antony Gormley inspired, this collection is situated around the engineering aspect of Antony Gormley and the fabrication of his art work. Researching deeper into the process and materials used throughout his work, metal being a large part of the making. The fabrication of the Angel of the North and Untiled (For Francis) 1985 were the main inspiration for this collection, extracting the panels and the oversized sheets of metal work. Further research was undertaken regarding the workers themselves and their uniform, which helped choose garment types.
Inspired by stately home Chatsworth House and docuseries 'The Fucking Fulfords', this collection depicts a character who portrays himself to the world with grandeur, when in reality he has nothing to his name. The majority of the boy's clothing is handmade from objects around his home at Chatsworth because there is no money left, so subsequently the only way to keep up his appearance is to use his limited supply from the house from the likes of the crystal chandeliers.