Specialising in conceptual, surrealist design, Abigail’s work is influenced greatly by colour and shape, producing bold garments with a strong silhouette. Taking into consideration the use of alternative fabrics such as clear PVC, while also sewing with heavier fabrics such as faux leathers.
As early on as her first year at university, Abigail discovered her fascination with colour while exploring the works of designer, Walter Van Beirendonck. This designer’s aesthetic not only tells a story but also shows a clear understanding of the use of vibrant colours. Abigail used her knowledge of colour to produce a contemporary outcome in the form of an abstract shirt, inspired by the works of Walter Van Bierendonck as well as a chosen trend from WGSN.
While working on her graduate collection ‘The Psychedelic Experience’, Abigail took inspiration from artists such as David Bowie, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Following this research, the use of drugs and creativity were linked to form a collection with the application of repeated pattern and interesting silhouettes. The dissertation consisted of research into these artists and the link between their alleged use of drugs and how this could have influenced their creative style.
The final collection looked at rave culture and the use of psychedelics to produce a vibrant, unique line-up while also including the initial research into the chosen artists. Taking into consideration the current climate, Abigail focused on producing made to order garments for the individual consumer, rather than overproducing and accumulating dead stock, often ending up in landfill. In addition to this, left-over fabrics are used to make bucket hats to be sold for everyday or festival wear.
To achieve the painted eye pattern on these trousers, a repeat pattern was developed using Adobe Illustrator. This was the printed and placed under the clear PVC to be traced and painted. Due to this being a repeat pattern, once each area was done, it was lined up again, until all the pattern pieces were painted. Then the trousers were sewn, and details put in, such as the d-rings, buckles and zip fly. Along with the bold trousers, the faux leather jacket was made. Taking inspiration from 80s Glam Rock, the silhouette took shape. The jacket has appliqué on the back to match the psychedelic eye print on the trousers and a hot pink lining, bringing more colour into the collection. A bodysuit was also made to be worn underneath, this was made from power net and ribbed cuffing. The lilac colour was achieved by dying the fabric using a synthetic dye for the power net and a cotton one for the ribbing. The crosses to cover the nipples were sewn on the machine and finally hand stitched to bodysuit.