Beth Strickland

Contact:
bethjstrickland@outlook.com
University/School:
University of Portsmouth
Location:
Portsmouth
Specialism:
Award NomineeFashion DesignFashion TechnologyIllustrationSustainabiltyWomenswear
About Me

Hyperfeminine fashion designer & garment technologist.

My work focuses on exploring the relationship between the human body & the natural world, through combining hyperfeminine garment shapes with anatomically inspired textile design, subverting the conception that human anatomy is something that should be hidden away, but rather celebrated in all its unusual beauty.

My passion for illustration heavily influences my work, and I strive to create delicate & highly detailed prints that compliment my garment design & colour palette. I aim to make my work as sustainable & eco-friendly as possible, and within my graduate collection I have utilised exclusively 100% vegan & natural dyeing processes that create beautifully muted hues that convey my concept. Featured in Beautica Magazine, GMARO Magazine (pending). Nominated for Fashion Illustration Award.

INSPIRATION

Natural Anatomy – a collection that embodies & inimitably combines biology & hyperfeminine design.

Natural Anatomy is a hyperfeminine womenswear collection dedicated to the notion of human biology being inherently & strangely beautiful. Influenced directly by the textures, shapes & colours of anatomical structures, this collection emphasises the natural & unusual beauty of the internal human form. Feminine garment shapes & attributes are showcased whilst reflecting the inclusion of softened masculine silhouettes.

A designer of whom profoundly influenced my concept was Alexander McQueen, specifically their S/S 22 collection featuring skeletal inspired design & construction elements. My print was heavily inspired by softly feminine single needle tattoo designs to encapsulate the birth flowers of my family members surrounded by anatomical heart motifs. Natural Anatomy celebrates the internal aesthetics & workings of the human body, emphasising the need to take care of oneself to preserve such captivating structures.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Natural Anatomy: getting skin deep.

The muted colour palette inspired by veins & arteries is realised using eco-friendly & 100% vegan natural dyeing processes. Soft pink tones created by avocado pits & skins work harmoniously with calming blues derived from red cabbage that organically mottle onto deadstock cotton sateen. Centre ruffles featuring the intricate detail of the collection’s standalone silk screen print adorn the garments emulating the ribcage, tibia & fibula bones. Sitting beneath the ribcage ruffles lies a delicately hand embroidered & beaded anatomical heart; accurately depicted in terms of size, location & detail. Fully recycled & recyclable polythene panelling steam treated to create ripples & wrinkles that emulate skin & organ texture feature within this collection. The panels divide the garments into modular sections fastened with gunmetal eyelets & ribbon in deeper shades comparatively with the naturally dyed cotton sateen. As a result, the garments can be worn in multiple ways which increases styling opportunities.

“There is no better designer than nature.” – Alexander McQueen
Award NomineeFashion DesignFashion TechnologyIllustrationSustainabiltyWomenswear
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