Charlotte practices fashion design, and couture atelier practices. Her designs follow the avant-garde philosophy through a combination of technical and silhouette exploration. Challenging perceptions of femininity while also highlighting female strength and resilience is at the core of her work.
My aim was to create a visually intriguing collection emulating my concept, the wearer should stand-out but also feel comfortable and cherish the garment they own due to the high-quality fabrication and finishing.
The collection will take inspiration from works by Louise Bourgeois in particular the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: The Woven Child. Within this exhibition Louise incorporates clothes from all stages of her life resulting in a collection of patchwork, tapestry, hand-stitching all displaying themes of sexuality, trauma and memory. Louise’s artworks also connect to the make do and mend initiative during WW2, visually this could be displayed within the collection through patchwork, and emphasis on hand-sewn f
It was important for me to include an element of sustainability, this can be seen through the exclusive use of recycled and natural fabrics throughout the collection - silk, wool, modal and recycled nylon. Originally I had wanted to introduce re-purposed fabric, however due to the large quantities of fabric required for most of the garments it was not possible. Instead I introduced zero-waste pattern cutting as a way to minimise wastage and calculating fabric usage so that I did not buy more than needed.
The Wrap Jacket was a result of the body cast drape I created over summer. Through draping on the stand I experimented with the body cast pattern pieces, I then created drawn designs from the experiments.