My work focuses on couture, luxury feminine fashion. Pushing the boundaries of traditional pattern cutting techniques to create innovative, experimental garments with high level quality construction and hand finishings. As a designer I feel that it is important to consider ethical and sustainable approaches in my work.
I am dedicated to utilising alternative fabrics and textiles such as 3D printing using PLA silk filament which is biodegradable. I have been able to use this to create ethical pearl embellishments and modular neck pieces that are highly adaptable accessories allowing for endless styling possibilities. My garments are unique and bespoke demonstrating the slow fashion practices that I have adopted.
A spectrum of delusion is a couture womenswear collection dedicated to the mental disorder body dysmorphia (BDD). More than 5 million people in the United States alone suffer with BDD making it a common disorder that is rarely addressed. This collection visually displays my own battles with the appearance of my body, through experimental innovative pattern cutting, optical illusion prints, and 3D printed textiles to take back the control lost through BDD.
A designer that has heavily influenced my concept was Iris van Herpen, specifically the garments with movement and fluidity which create an escape from the body. My prints were inspired by the work of the feminist artist Judy Chicago who celebrates the multiplicity of the female identity. These inspirations informed the development of my body dysmorphia concept collection.
My final collection incorporates optical illusion prints that I have designed to trick the eye, distorting the shape of the body, and creating movement. I developed experimental pattern cutting techniques to create distorted silhouettes, wave inserts built into traditional tailored garments to mimic the irrational behaviour behind the disorder and demonstrate my feelings towards body dysmorphia and taking back control. I have incorporated movement with the use of oversized, dramatic godets contrasted with a tailored jumpsuit to exaggerate illusion forcing the eye to the bottom half of the garment. The intention behind this was to create even more chaotic distortion that became all-consuming and debilitating. I have also utilised 3D printing to develop neck pieces which are modular thus portraying the emotional fluidity of body dysmorphia.