I took my inspiration from the LGBTQIA+ community in how they use clothing and styling to express who they are. For my collection I have decided to create garments representing the LGBT community and incorporating the colours of the LGBT+ and bisexual flags.
Through this project I wanted to express how I felt after I came out and joined this amazing LGBT+ community. I became aware of the stigma and prejudice against the community through my own personal experience. I wanted to explore more about my own sexuality and how the LGBT+ community is perceived in a wider context.
My inspiration came from the LGBT icons I admired as a young member of the community. These icons I could look up to for guidance making me proud of who I am. Ruby Rose and Hayley Kiyoko I related to because of their similar experience of hiding their sexuality. Adore Delano and Rupaul for their fearless expression of their individuality through dress.
The LGBT flag is a symbol of pride during times of hardship. The hate the rainbow shines on is a symbol of resistance and strength for the community. The colours of the collection are inspired by this symbol of pride and hope. The folded fabric manipulation was inspired by the wings. When I finally voiced my sexuality publicly, I felt free. The wing reference is to symbolize this new found freedom.
I felt I earned my wings and became free when I could be vocal about my true self. The technique was achieved by experimenting with folding paper to replicate individual feathers.