Throughout my degree, I’ve experimented in many specialisms from womenswear design to photography, but the closest to my heart was childrenswear. I love exploring different issues, and the most important element in my collection is sustainability.
The most important message of my collection is to embrace sustainability. Throughout my childhood, nobody was ashamed to wear second hand, baggy, oversized clothes that were handed down from siblings, neighbours and strangers. Through my collection I wanted to encourage parents to choose better textiles, more durable garments that they can hand down to future generations, to continue the garment lifecycle for years to come. I also wanted to make creative and customizable clothes that children can have fun wearing and styling them in different ways.
Nostalgic memories were triggered when I asked my family to send me some childhood photos. I reflected on my relationship with clothing during my younger years and this is where my idea for my collection was born. Sustainability is a core element in my collection as it played an important role throughout my life; I wanted to raise awareness to the overconsumption of clothes. My memory of me dressing up in my mom’s clothes and wanting to look like an adult inspired me take my collection in this direction.
We always had pet parrots. I grew up with them always being around. They were so friendly and chatty. I decided to include my fond memories of my parrots in my digital print designs, merged with playful shapes from my childhood photos. I wanted to create timeless pieces that could be just as relevant today, as back when I grew up.
My culture and Transylvanian heritage were very important for me to include in my designs. Cuff and collar designs and silhouettes were inspired by Hungarian folk costumes; this dates to when I was a dancer myself. My silhouettes are oversized and layered, which resemble my passion to dress up as either adults or different characters for my shows which I performed to my family. I mixed in some knitwear as well, made from my cut-up fabric scraps, it adds texture and layers, and this resembles a memory of my grandma always dressing me up and being afraid that I am cold. I loved playing around with all these different details. The theme is nostalgic and 2000’s but the colour scheme and some elements elevate the collection into the contemporary and modern era.