I was inspired by the emotions that arose during the uncertain times of the Covid 19 lockdown. Therefore, I decided to channel those feelings into a physical expression, also by looking into consciousness and subconsciousness.
The aim of this collection is to communicate to all people that have been unbalanced at their core by Covid 19. Particularly, this collection has a message for women who are struggling. This project seeks to reassure and give confidence, because fashion is also an encounter between a woman and her time.
I ventured into the subconsciousness during the first lockdown. I was often on my own in my floating house, a blue sailing boat called Lady Jane. Sometimes I had swan visitors, but most of the time I had to deal with the fact that I felt lonely and powerless to help my friends and family in Italy. So, what do you do when there is so much noise in your head but not much that you can do about it? Well, I was curious so I dived in to find answers and make friends with all these voices.
For me fashion is an artistic way to express myself and what I feel inside. Sometimes life is like a painting and as the creator of that painting I must fill in all the unseemly holes and make it lovely again. For this collection I wanted to collaborate with local artists - to help support their business and keep the collection as sustainable as possible. I did this by sourcing materials only in England and also by using donated fabrics.
For this collection I wanted to create surreal garments that change their characteristic and look, when seen from different angles. I have started draping on the mannequins, experimenting with long satin gloves and deconstructed certain shapes. Once I had enough ideas, it was time to transfer these ideas into Photoshop and create quick quirky looks. This is how achieved the silhouettes that I have now. Another important side of this collection was the sustainability factor, I have sourced all of my material from the UK to be more environmental friendly and also enabled me to build a relationship with fabric shops that I kept going back to and local artisan too.