Throughout my four years of studying Fashion Design at Northumbria University I have really begun to discover myself as a womenswear designer, finding my passions lie in resort and swimwear and mastering my signature methods of draping, weave and macrame.
Growing up in the Cayman Islands and naturally being drawn to fashion and trend but having limited access to clothing shops I began making my own garments at age 12, thus beginning my journey as a designer. I find my muses within the ecosystems that surround me as well as heritage and traditional craftsmanship, aiming to elevate these practices for modern fashion. I aspire to represent my island on a global platform, celebrating and preserving our intricate and unique culture whilst changing the narrative surrounding creative careers within the Cayman Islands.
My collections reflect upon the pioneers of the Cayman Islands and their craftsmanship during the island’s formative years. Through examining traditional crafts like Silver Thatch plaiting, weaving, roofing and rope making. By examining my experience as a Caymanian and the history of my home these projects pay homage its dying craft. I aim to not only celebrate these crafts but to question why modern, Caymanian society often prioritizes wealth and notoriety over cultural and environmental preservation.
This collection draws upon the soft, calming, colours found in the, sun-washed landscapes of the islands and aims to convey this same energy through the use of airy fabrics like crepe de chines, poplins and silk chiffons. My key garment study draws upon my dissertation research into the impact of colonization on cultural Caribbean dress. By examining the traditional dress of Caymanian women to inform a cinched waist and full-skirted silhouette whilst adjoining historical context to these garments and the formation of Caribbean customs, traditions and society. The intricate details, tropical atmosphere and delicate movement of this Resort wear collection are a product of merging and evolving all of these stimuli.