I am an exciting fashion and textiles designer who wants to tell a story in every detail of my work. Sustainability is a key focus for me because I have seen through my research the importance of it. My graduate collection looks at significant events and I have turned it into a powerful statement encouraging wearers to consider the impact of their choices.
I grew up in a creative family and when I first looked at the fashion industry I was amazed by what you could do which drove me to go to university and study fashion and textiles design. By studying both it allowed me explore techniques and exciting ways of combining both in my work. I love researching in depth about a topic and getting loads of ideas that I can explore. My degree has taught me many aspects of the industry including print, CAD skills, construction, enterprise skills and more and having this depth of knowledge has allowed my creativity to flow in all my projects.
The cost of living crisis inspired me to create a textile design based off of the inflation graphs published which I digitally embroidered, in white to represent the subtle changes in society. My colour palette consists of blue, white and orange. Blue and white from the symbol of the NHS logo that would be a constant sign we would see through the pandemic, and the orange was from my research as it would be used a lot through the 1940’s so pilots could locate civilians on the ground and help them.
A Stitch in Time is a timely and thoughtful collection embodying the resilience and resourcefulness that characterised the rationing era that reflects on the past, acknowledges the present, and looks towards the future. It demonstrates that sustainability and style need not be mutually exclusive, and that menswear can be both practical and environmentally conscious. The collection encourages wearers to consider the impact of their fashion choices and to make more sustainable decisions in the future.
There are a range of details throughout the collection, for example, the shirt collar being in the shape of a plane and the trench coat being made from both sides of some of the deadstock fabrics to create a textile like morse code. There are also the trims of the parachute used throughout in every garment like the tape around the bottom to create a stripe down the side of the trousers and shorts, and double pockets in the shape of a plane on the shorts and trousers too to make them more practical. I tried to use as many of the details of the parachute as possible to make the pieces more unique and to have that history of the parachute in each of the garments. I also used the parts of the leftover parachute to create a bag. The collection features functional workwear, and casual streetwear, all of which showcase the potential for sustainable fashion. By utilizing sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing practices, the collection aims to promote a more responsible approach to fashion.