My work focuses on combining intricate and unexpected textile design with a variety of elaborate garments to create experimental yet refined fashion collections. Featured in Beautica Magazine, GMARO Magazine (pending), Drapers Magazine (pending), nominated for Zandra Rhodes Textile Award.
I specialise in pattern cutting, garment construction and constructed textiles, having over five years’ experience working for different ventures ranging from bespoke garment production to freelance pattern cutting. My passion for creating beautiful, high quality garments has only grown while creating my degree collection. I want to contribute to a more sustainable future for fashion, and have used my degree collection as an opportunity to experiment with materials that reduce the environmental impact of my work.
REWILD as a collection aims to showcase the vital and beautiful results of UK rewilding initiatives through intricate and considered fashion and textile design. I was inspired to create this collection by my own experience growing up surrounded by nature, and a passion that not enough is being done to protect these precious landscapes.
The bold colour palette aims to capture the vibrancy and variety of a rewilded landscape, consisting of the purples and pinks of bluebells, violets, orchids and fritillaries, and smatterings of oranges, yellows and greens as highlights. The hero print of the collection, an atypical floral print, along with garment shapes that cover the body, gives the impression of the flowers ‘rewilding’ the body. This contrasts voluminous draped shapes inspired by petals and flower heads.
A sheer organza bodice is adorned with dried wildflowers, moulded to the contours of the body. These have then been individually hand sewn onto the garment to give the impression that the bodice is made entirely of flowers, growing up the wearer’s torso. Pressed wildflowers are encased in the underbust corset, which is made from home developed bioplastic. This strong material can be used in garments as a more environmentally friendly alternative to PVC or leather fabrics. The laser cut textiles of the trousers are inspired by the snake’s head fritillary wildflower, and the cutouts add a depth of movement which further emulates the fluid delicacy of these flowers. This rare flower also inspires the textiles and shape of the lace up skirt, which is printed with a stylised checkerboard. Intricate hand beading and embroidery on this skirt emulate the diverse landscapes that come with rewilding, and the bramble screen print is a nod to the concept that not only the flowers of rewilding make it beautiful.