Caroline Scott is lingerie designer whose work is heavily influenced by vintage styles, corsetry and the passion for creating with minimal environmental impact. Incorporating upcycling into many of her designs, Caroline explores deconstruction and reconstruction; utilizing hand dyeing and distressing to create garments that feel instantly collectible.
As a designer specializing in lingerie, I’m dedicated to creating beautiful, quality garments that positively impact the environment and the people that wear them. With sustainability being such a large consideration throughout my design process, I’m passionate about the recycling of existing textiles with a focus on the reimagining of preexisting lingerie. I find that my use of upcycling breeds unique ideas I’d never discover through traditional patternmaking alone.
I like to imagine my muse Lydia up in the large A-frame attic of her old home. She stumbles upon an old trunk that’s mysteriously appeared, and of course has to open it. When she does, she discovers it’s filled with lingerie, decades old and clearly well loved. The garments show signs of age and past repair but are still beautifully designed. She’s overcome with a sense of wonder and spends hours alone trying everything on.
This collection has combined my love of lingerie, corsetry and dress up with my commitment to slow fashion. Dressing up, draping on myself, and documenting it all was a huge part of the creative process. “Doll Parts” has been a year-long discovery of who I am as a designer. I had to experience the feelings of playfulness and empowerment that come with playing dress up in order to create that feeling in the garments and for the wearer.
Upcycling locally sourced vintage pieces heavily influenced the details within this collection. Parts from vintage garments were used for surface embellishments to add more visual appeal, and many of the looks reworked the same garter belt into different garments; as a bralette, corset embellishment and a non-functional accessory. The pink garments and trims have all been hand dyed, each varying slightly in color. This was intentional as things from an old trunk would be different ages, brands, etc. And the well-worn appearance of the materials was achieved through distressing and sun-bleaching. The corsets and stockings incorporated most of the distressing, while cutouts were used throughout the collection to add a sense of flirtation to otherwise out-of-style garments. The asymmetrical nature of many of the pieces creates intrigue and contributes to the dress-up-inspired aesthetic. By reimagining previously constricting garments in playful ways, there’s a shift from oppression to reclamation.