Before studing fashion, I studied fine art for five years and always loved to draw, so when I found my second interest in textiles during secondary school, it was a no brainer for me to go into fashion! This synergy pushed me to delve into architecture for my FMP as well as developing my illustration style.
I am eager to push the boundaries of fashion in the 21st century, one of which is digital fashion. As well as being an art enthusiast, the fine line between virtual and reality I have come to love during my final year studies. Using CLO3d to visualise my architectural collection before production was so exciting. I think we need to be considerate where possible, and digital pattern cutting reduces paper by a significant amount, as well as physical prototypes - not to mention the ease of using this when working from home.
My mum and I always go rummaging through vintage shops to seek inspiration and after finding an incredible ovoid 70's dressing table, I sought out my concept from there. I had always admired the architectural struggles of a circular house and Palais Bulles (The Bubble House) was the most extraordinary I had seen yet, where all walls and windows are made out of harmonious curves. It was these negative spaces and shadows the house created, that informed my silhouettes across the collection.
Built in the late 70's, the interior reflected space-age design mixed with mid century colour, which informed my colour palette and graphic prints. Re-purposed second hand pearls are an integral part of the collection to mirror the porthole windows of the house, suspended on yarn, woven into knit, giving the pearl a contemporary feel. Lastly, the twists and curves of the house inspired all my innovate pattern cutting, creating sprialed dresses, boulbous sleevs and overiszed puffer coats.
Throughout my studies at university, I have always pushed my illustrations and adapted them for each project to align with my concept. For my final illustrations for 'Palais Bulles' I wanted colour to be the focal point and keep the organic textures and prints visible without being too digital. I really enjoy the design part of fashion just as much as seeing my concept become a reality and is a process I will continue to develp throghout my career.