I am a Fashion Textiles Graduate originally from Germany studied abroad in Bristol over the past year and a half. I also have an educational background as a Clothing Technical Assistant with a passion for creative pattern cutting. Whilst being at University I have specialised in androgynous/ unisex fashion design.
I started off my studies in Germany by undertaking a course about fashion design. At the beginning of 2020 I came to the University of the West of England in Bristol as part of a study abroad experience to expanding my knowledge and skills. After the term I decided that the Fashion Textiles course in Bristol would suit me and my career ambitions better, so I transferred to UWE Bristol and finished the remainder of my studies here. Since I completed my college degree as a Clothing Technical Assistant in 2016, I knew that pattern cutting is the area that I am most passionate about.
I wanted to push my research and work from the previous module forward and explore it in a different way. When we hear the word space, we often happen to associate it with the outer space. By starting this new project, I wanted to tie the word space to the current situation and put it in context with our own space, the space that we live in, the space that we are currently stuck in, a confined space which puts us into an isolated state.
With this project I explored what it means for us human beings and our bodies to be stuck in a enclosed space and examining the feeling of the unknown, the feeling of what life might be like in a few years’ time of what will happen in the future.I’ve taken all of these thoughts into consideration and asked myself what kind of influence these have on our body especially the body posture.Living in times of a pandemic means being trapped and only having access to limited resources and work space.
My aim was to to come up with designs which will work around the human body, not by embracing and following the exact shape of it but rather creating a protective shelter around the body while offering a level of comfort for the wearer.The outcome of my project is a fashion design collection focusing on creative pattern cutting. I wanted to develop a concept which will consider our newly formed/ deformed bodies as well as allowing the wearer to transform the garments and control the volume and shape. The concept takes reference from portable homes and garments as a shelter as well as considering the changes our bodies have undertaken during isolation. Due to being forced to create a working and living space with limited resources (working from home) we experience the effects of having a bad posture and lack of movement. The round voluminous silhouette and circle elements being included in the designs are a metaphor for our daily life and routines which stopped changing and repeated over and over again.