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
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.'
I was inspired by the rural and mundane life of old labour workers, how they had very little and lived by the motto of to-good-to-waste
Ishiguro’s Novel ‘never Let Me Go.’ Was the foundation for this project,
Ishiguro’s Novel ‘never Let Me Go.’ Was the foundation for this project, Kathy has a childhood collection of old-discarded objects that she treasures and can’t part with. During her time spent at the run-down, depressing cottages, she looks to these old-items for comfort. I explored further to translate this into my collection, visually, through the use of textiles. I was inspired by the rural and mundane life of old labour workers, how they had very little and lived by the motto of “to-good-to-waste” Heirloom quilts, Japanese Boro and Kantha quilts contextualises this philosophy, this inventively pieced and patched design is made up of scraps of old clothes and treasured-textile fragments which are layered and combined into dense quilts. I applied this design aesthetic onto contemporary silhouettes for my collection.
Prediction 4, S/S 17 Womenswear Collection focuses on the 4 ways in which the human body may or may not evolve. By looking back at past events that produced an environment that pushed the body to break down to transform into an abnormal structure. A structure that left the idea of the human body as we understand it, in the shadows. Alongside focusing on the exsiting evidence of human transformations, the focus was drawn to the idea of present technology and conflict having an impact on both our bodies and our environment and how this could impact our future transformation
Accident: An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
Celebrate your scars they are part of who you are.
Accidents Are Never To Seek is a Luxury women's wear collection. The Inspiration behind the collection came from an accident I had a few years ago where I broke my neck in two places. It was a traumatic experience and something I will never forget. Accidents are usually horrific events which are unplanned and unwanted. Unlike my accident the characters in the film Crash seek disaster and stage crashes for pleasure. Crash explores the paraphilia of symphorophilia. If someone has symphorophilia they are erotically turned on by accidents or catastrophes. In the film they celebrate their scars and injuries and they find them sexy and attractive. The collection takes influences from the film, my accident and also the recovery process, particularly when the body is injured beyond recovery and the bionics used within medicine. The embroidery was developed because of the 3D texture of the scars themselves, the shape was taken from my original neck x-rays.
In the film there are many shots of the characters touching and feeling different surfaces designed to arouse the viewer. This is mainly metal debris from the accident itself but also textured fabrics such as leather, suede and fur. I wanted to use these materials within my collection to reflect this but also for their protective qualities.
The collection is a celebration of life and injury with a sexy and fun feel.
A young girl romanticises her future with intense detail and desires
Cocooned life and swaddled in possession
Inspired by Anne Frank's diary, I researched into how one seeks a form of escapism for different desires. Influenced by the naivety of Henrik Ibsen's play 'A Doll's House' I explored into 1950s housewives. As a young girl romanticises their future with intense detail, they fail to see the reality of their cocooned life and swaddled in possession until they break free and become their own woman.