For my final major project I chose to create a womenswear collection derived from the impacts COVID and climate change have had on each other and how the future of commuting to work will look. The pandemic forced people into their shells, moving out of the city, facing a long and challenging commute, people turned to their trusty bicycles to get them to work.
Alongside my womenswear final major project, I have also designed two commercial childrenswear collections that both encourage the imagination and playfulness of children, focussing on the needs of garments as a result of the pandemic. The collections are filled with fun colours and positive graphics with outdoor discovery remaining a key influence. These two collections can also be viewed in my portfolio below.
Thanks to bicycles, the future of the commuter looks a lot healthier with more and more people joining the cycle to work scheme every day, encouraging more people into the cycle lanes. With the introduction of fashionable cycling clothes, like technical blazers and hybrid cycling shorts, makes for garments that are worn as easily on a bike as they are in work.
My colour palette for this project however came from the London Underground itself. I chose to pick up the vibrant yellows, reds, turquoises and mix them in with charcoal tones. I picked these tones up through pinstripe fabrics that would have originally been found in 19th Century London as bank uniforms. Nowadays, pinstripe suits signify power! Worn by both men and women.
Throughout my final major project work I opted for oversized silhouettes that offer the consumer comfort in a now unfamiliar surrounding, helping commuters ease back into their routines. I chose to use two different cords, the first; a 6mm plain mustard cord and the second; a 10mm climbing rope made up of mustard, orange and red. I used these to pull in the garments so that nothing could get caught while cycling to and from work.