Meera’s collection was inspired purely by her father and his youth culture in the 70’s/80’s. Being a boy who enjoyed the night life and party scene it was important for meera to portray this in her work.
In addition, being inspired by the iconic New York club Studio 54 she decided to merge the two concepts together creating a story about her fathers collection to New York City.
Through the use of textile development Meera focused on the effectiveness of Fringe and how, when layered can produce a strong statement.
As a designer I am generally drawn to creating a character and building a project, and the designs that come thereafter, around that character. I have a keen interest in illustration and bring that into all the work I do. I stamp my particular style on a project through my illustration and design style. I am often influenced by subcultures or time periods that I can merge in different ways to create something new. Playing around with gender is another theme that runs through a lot of the work I have created.
‘Long To Reign Over Me’ is a project built around the fictional character of ‘Chip Windsor’. I envisioned him as distant relative of the royal family. Throughout the project I play with the idea that he’s looking back at the present day royals and in particular the Queen, as a style icon. I wanted to take aspects of her everyday and royal attire and mix them with a slightly punk/skater style. This characterisation of him as a rebellious royal lead me to look at royal etiquette, in particular not being able to wear denim, and break them. Overall, I wanted this to be loving, humorous, jab at the royal family, from one of their own.
DESCRIBING STORIES THROUGH DESIGN IS AN INTEGRAL ELEMENT OF DESIGN. IT NOT ONLY SOLIDIFIES THE CONCEPTUAL VALUE OF THE WORK BUT ALSO ALLOWS A CONSUMER TO LIVE AND BREATHE A PRODUCT. THESE STORIES ARE PROCESSED IN A NUMBER OF KEY FORMS, IN-DEPTH RESEARCH, CAUSALITY AND INNOVATION. THE DESIGN WORK IS NOT ONLY TREATED IN A VERY ORDERED MANNER BUT ALSO HAS DISTINGUISHABLE ELEMENTS RUNNING THROUGHOUT, SUCH AS THE USE OF LAYERING, EXPLORATORY CUTS AND SHAPE ALL PRESENTED IN WITH COHESION AND PRECISE ATTITUDE.
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’.
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.