The concept for my Children’s wear collection consists of the idea of different environments in which children play and what they choose to wear to explore their surroundings. Comparing different classes through history that wore formal attire with the ‘play’ clothes of modern day, children growing up, learning and playing in a street environment. Exploring childhood as a concept I wanted to portray the idea of how children enjoy impersonating their parents as a form of expression and play, using make believe to explore their parents lives through their own eyes. Expressing these ideas through garments looking at oversizing and tailoring. My collection is coherent to the idea of growing with your clothes incorporating drawstring sleeves so children won’t grow out of them as quickly and will last them as they grow. My garments incorporate both smart and casual aspects, this playful smart wear can be worn to various occasions.
“They may be tiny but they break through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen."
"They occupy an urban landscape which is very hostile and they have to be adaptable and find little bits of soil to prosper"
I explored the work of a few photographers who document the High Line throughout the seasons, and focused on one in particular, Joel
Sternfeld, whose work was used in a bid to rejuvenate this forgotten wildscape in the heart of Manhattan. Looking further into the
juxtaposition of wild landscape against concrete architecture, I found artist Michael Landy and photographer Wolfgang Tilmans; Landy
creates delicate etchings of weeds found at roadsides, and Tilmans has a series of photographs showing the resilience of wild nature
growing in window boxes in urban areas. In order to translate this imagery into my designs I’ve created an all over repeat print influenced by the photographers I’d looked at, painting a variety of plants and weeds that are growing on the High Line and mixing them together to create a dense, overgrown look. I also experiemented with creating prints taking influence from the Barbican, looking at how light creates different shapes as it hits the concrete, to contrast against the foliage of my all over print. My collection brings together a mix of tailored, boxy garments, oversized knitted pieces and sportswear detailing, featuring lots of layering to mesh all these styles together, portraying the mix of natural and manmade elements. I’ve also used unusual materials such as concrete, artificial turf and insulation fabric to create different textures, and alter the way the garments work on the body.
My FMP was inspired by people living outside of society, such as the skate community 'Skatopia'. I looked at the blurred lines between a dystopia and a utopia in places like this, and the idea that one person's heaven is another person's chaos.
I have worked in industry with Mary Katrantzou, Ashley Williams, and Richard Malone.
My collection has a grunge theme which is moulded around Kurt cobain and Courtney loves wild lifestyle. My collection is very chilled with a strong edgy feel with their presence being strongly used in my collection in the forms of embroidery and print.
Concept inspired by contemporary artist Ghada Amer who is highly driven by the female body form expressed threw art work. Research inspired culture change into representing myself as a black women threw design. Having experienced difficulties in society like most women, we all have insecurities. This project expresses myself and will encourage others to do the same within their design work and learnt to love who they are as an individual.
Studying at BCU has been challenging and an enjoyable experience. The course has educated me further in designing, making and highly improving my pattern skills. Learning something new everyday whilst taking further steps towards my goal has been stressful at times, but worth all the hard work. Overall BCU has prepared me to have the confidence to work as an future independent designer for clients and create my own online business.
Mocking stereotypes and sexualisation still occurring in todays society
I am a womenswear designer, with an interest in outerwear design and exploring utility clothing with hints of tailoring, mixing masculinity and femininity. Designs generally focus on fabric manipulation, colour and print.
Research within Final Major Project intially explored artworks by Jeff Koons who’s paintings were a juxtaposition of childhood memories and objects amongst female body parts. The works are kitcsh and portray a paradox by desexualising sex yet by doing so, sexualising and stereotyping women. This idea informed an exploration of adverts from the 1950s and 60s where women were only portrayed as the housekeeper and similarly to current day, where womens beauty and bodies are used to sell products in magazines. Designs and concept alike highlight and make a mock of sexualisation and stereotypes in society. A satire to the 21st century.