Chloe has spent the past three years studying at Leeds Arts University on the BA fashion design course, where she specialises in sustainable womenswear.
She has developed various techniques using natural dyeing and eco-printing methods to create her own prints, and contrasts this with a coil weaving technique using recycled materials to create structural textured garments. These combined creates a balanced approach to combat the issue of textile waste and encourages the use of new responsible materials.
The starting point of this project was to challenge myself to create a collection where every element that makes up a garment is re-thought to provide more ethical and sustainable solutions, and therefore presenting the achievability of this to the fashion industry.
My initial inspiration began with three key points, a live performance by German band 'Heilung' witnessed at the annual York Jorvik festival, the intricate shapes of fibre art pieces created by Ferne Jacobs, and the bold eco-prints with plant matter and natural dyes by Bahar Bozaci.
‘Coalescence’ is a collection that embraces sustainability through nature and the craftmanship of traditional weaving practices where every outfit combines both recycled and new eco-friendly materials, to present solutions to multiple issues within the fashion and textile industry. These include textile wastage, fast-fashion, chemical dyes, and the use of new materials that are damaging to the environment. The textured weaving of bold silhouettes contrasting with softly shaped, eco-printed fabric, and combined with naturally shed deer antlers, mirrors the man-made structures and un-touched nature on the planet. By bringing these elements together, the garments become a celebration of humankind and nature as one, allowing them to coalesce.