My FMP collection was inspired by David Bowie and The Care Bears. I began my research by looking into garments worn by David Bowie to recreate them into something new. I started to experiment with collaging ideas and then collaged a bow onto back of one of his jackets where that idea of having oversized bows came from.The chosen Print I had designed for my fashion and colour project which was a colourful print of bears Inspired by The Care Bears, in that project I had linked in Princess Diana so I used idea of a baroque Photo frame for the bears along with polka dots and bright colours, inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama which completed the design.
‘Electric ladies’ explores groupies in the 70’s as represented by Baron Wolman, one of the photographers of the Rolling Stones magazine and the distinction between them and the rock bands they were admiring and following. The project focuses on the feminine and eclectic style of this group of ladies, the freedom they exude through their appearance, attitude and lifestyle. Contrary, the bands look was simple, tailored, structured, typical 70’s fashion, but still having that edgy, rock aspect.
Another main inspiration is the satirical documentary ‘200 motels’ that shows the life of performers on the road, the seemingly glamorous life of rock band members made by Frank Zappa. The movie shows everything into a dream like setting, incorporating psychedelic imagery to represent the craziness of their day by day life.
By combining these themes, the final collection displays lose fitting tailoring, strong shoulders, playing into the idea of menswear on a woman; combined with an elegant feminine shape, formfitting, draped. The main feature of the collection is the patchwork running through all the pieces. The applique has been treated and placed as it would have been draped fabric, constructed from different shades to depict a 3D shape on a flat surface.
I have just completed a BA (Hons) Fashion design course and am seeking opportunities to utilize my current skills while acquiring new ones in a professional and hands on environment. Motivated with a desire to experience new challenges. As part of the degree, I undertook a placement year at womenswear brand House of Sunny and bridal wear house Stephanie Allin Couture. Both placements offered unique and contrasting experiences, assisting in improving pattern cutting, tech packs, machine and hand sewing. As well as technical skills, I was able to build on personal skills such as working in a professional environment and having strong communication. During my final year of study, I have been able to transfer the skills gained throughout my placement year. Creating a collection of six cohesive looks in Graduate Fashion week, which reflected my simple aesthetic with a focus on silhouette, shape and colour.
The AW19 collection has a focus on fit and soft volumes inspired by my parents past and vintage female racers culture. The tailoring elements are elevated by a mix of handpainted printed fabrics and heavy embellished textiles with metallic hardware touches.
Initially my inspiration came from stories I had been told by my grandparents of their childhood and growing up. One memorable story was about the first time my grandmother ate a banana. The excitement and happiness of her reliving the moment can only mark how such an inconsequential thing to us now was so significant to her then. These stories highlighted how so much has changed in such a short period of time.
My primary source was family photos albums, I wanted to understand more about their lifestyle and their significant childhood memories. This lead me to research leisure and entertainment during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Henry Grant was one of my main secondary resources for this project. Grant’s photographs document social and political changes at the time.
Increasing consumerism in the 1960’s fuelled mass production. In the work of contemporary artist Lisa Milroy who’s work is based mostly on everyday items which are repeated objects in the form of lines; creating patterns. In her work I see mass production. The objects are usually commonplace and unimportant and they made me think of our throwaway society.
My aim is to represent the change in our relationship with objects. I have tried to incorporate in my work elements of the inconsequential with more treasured memories.
'His Great loves' came from the starting point of the artist David Hockney and is based upon all of his work and after closer examining his life, specifically his love life. I was inspired by so much of Hockney's work and pieces such as the 'splash' series specifically stood out to me for the sadness and depth that can be seen within the painting, on the canvas a man looking upon the water at what we can assume as his lover who has jumped in. The distance of water that parts the two men was suggested to represent the wall between the lovers. I later found that this painting was actually a portrait of David himself who had dived into the water whilst his ex- lover Peter Schlesinger looks distantly on to him. This painting provoked me to further explore the story behind David's life within his relationships, towards Peter and previous lovers which has allowed me to create the final outcome of a collection that examines a lover per look. The collection additionally includes recreations of a lot of his scenic bold bright paintings and I have tried to encapsulate this into the story of each of his lovers. Being homosexual in his early career really moulded into a lot of his depictions of his work and was the aspect that really interested me, these great relationships and meaningful connections he had retained throughout his life had such a direct influence on his work. The collection ranges from the lovers he had during his time at university, further leading to his time in America and his relationships in later life. The work is often a reminiscent a shrine of some of the lost loves in his life however, looks which can be seen on the first development page in this portfolio feature a print which is based upon his scenic paintings and is completely filled with embellishment and beading work. All pieces in my collection are individually embellished with different beading techniques and often use graphics and text to portray the meaning behind, featuring a fully beaded vest which is on the water look featuring the quote “everything reminded him of his lost lover” directly from Hockney’s Biography. I wanted to create this almost other colourful world inspired by the lovers of Hockney’s life often involving the male anatomy featuring a full sized male body across a two pice suit. There is a crude element in my collection which is humorous and I want this to stand out like a piece of art would, often the prints of the naked figures merge into a mosaic which are covered and formed around the embellishment and bead work featured on every garment.
The focal point of this project is my beautiful mum, my inspiration. This project focuses on fond childhood memories growing up in the 90’s captured through a series of photographs. Coming from an Indian background but being born and raised British has allowed me to combine the two worlds. This has been expressed through traditional clothing right down to food comparisons and a particular focus on a biscuit factory that my mum used to work in when I was younger. Print ideas and colours have been extracted from various family imagery. Being dressed in many layers to keep warm, put in hand me downs and boys clothes, was an everyday task for my mum which has informed the development of oversized silhouettes, shapes and details within my design work. Dealing with loss and all the emotions that come with have been emphasised as well as an element of religious views which allows me to believe that although environmental and genetic factors come into play, in the end whatever is destined for you will happen through the will of God. Being at peace with this idea has allowed this project to be a homage to her and her life.
It is important for me, to help work towards change in the fashion industry, creating ways to produce less textile waste and realising damaging effects fast fashion has to the world. My concept for FMP is called ‘WHAT HAPPENED TO VENUS?!’ looking at the effects of climate change comparing with the fate of planet Venus, the inspiration for this was over the year 2018 when high temperatures soared across the world, leaving me questioning the state of the earth. The embroidery designs are images of dried up flowers that have been developed using line drawings. For this collection I wanted to create new exciting fabrics by using unwanted materials, by receiving remnants from different sources. I used embroideries to connect squares of remnants to create larger pieces of fabrics, with all threads Oeko-tex standard certified with no threads being trimmed #NoThreadsWereHarmed.
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.
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.