Angela Olive Olsen

Contact:
angelaoliveolsen@outlook.com
University/School:
University Of Leeds
Location:
Leeds
Specialism:
DiversityFashion DesignHeritage & CultureIllustrationMenswear
About Me

Hi, I’m Angela- a menswear graduate from the University of Leeds

As you explore my portfolio, you will view five projects. The first two design projects explore opposite ends of the same concept- Day of the Dead, day and night. This is followed by two further design concepts, Casa Batllo and Vintage Military, and finally my fashion innovation work which takes inspiration from hospitals and ancient greek art.

Drawing inspiration from a number of very different concepts has enabled me to produce five complete collections, each catering to a different market level, as well covering four seasons. The brands which I have worked into include Collusion, Double Rainbouu, A Cold Wall, Barrington and Gareth Pugh, with the following seasons being explored: Spring/ Summer, Autumn/Winter, Pre-Fall, and Resort. Colour and fabric are always key to my design development, with print often being of importance too.

INSPIRATION

I try to choose concepts which convey emotion as this fuels my design exploration and development.

Being as complex of a concept as it is, I decided to split “Day of the Dead” in two. I have tailored the “Day” towards high street fashion for Collusion, producing a Spring/Summer line which features eclectic print and fun colours. The “Night” has been worked into a high end line up, predominantly focusing on the fire shows which are well associated with the festival. This collection has been designed for Gareth Pugh, with tailoring and powerful colours being key to the outcome of this collection.

The colours and silhouettes of Casa Batllo have inspired the design of a Resort collection for Australian brand, Double Rainbouu. My final design concept, Vintage Military, focuses on quality and thoughtful design, for my own brand, Barrington, with fabric and well cut patterns being of maximum importance. Finally, my innovation work explores some of the features of hospitals, such as x-rays, in conjunction with ancient Greek art which acts as key inspiration for colour.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

My four unique concepts have inspired the development of five collections

By utilising carefully chosen concepts, which inspire an emotional response, I have been able to develop unique outcomes for a range of brands at varying market levels. When first considering concepts, I focussed on not attaching myself to something because it was convenient. Instead, I looked to find ideas which would require significant development to bring them into the fashion spectrum. By extensively developing my initial concepts, I have achieved outcomes which veer away from being gimmicky, and instead require more intense consideration to be able to see the specific inspirations. While the outcomes vary visually, one aspect remains the same throughout. All of the fabrics which I have chosen have been carefully selected based on a host of factors, including; market level, season, durability, purpose, and price. The choices of fabric are imperative to the outcome of each collection. Finally, print development has been a significant factor throughout my work and features in each collection.

Studying and interning in fashion over the last four years has made me acutely aware of the importance of thoughtful and considered design
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