Creating menswear is important to me as I feel as though there are many disparities between men's and women's fashion still. I want to create pieces that provide an outlet for men who want to explore more creative styles and prints.
The menswear that I create often takes a large influence from women. I think the concept of female driven menswear one that resonates well with the current cultural climate of change and social development. I wanted to create pieces that welcome a more frequent inclusion of permissive men's fashion. I also think it is very important to practise more sustainable creation and therefore I have attempted to use as many dead-stock fabrics as possible, I have also attempted to reuse second hand or vintage items within the collection, such as buttons, labels, and trims
I wanted to lift different colours, silhouettes and prints from family photographs and childhood memories, meaning that all of the pieces have been influenced by particular family members. My family are for the most part very creative and I have regularly used my grandad's paintings as inspiration in previous projects. I wanted to include him as a particular reference point in the collection because of this so I collaborated with him to create print designs that were used throughout the collection.
I want this collection to resonate with the new era of menswear that is heralding a more gender-fluid, and liberal aesthetic. As mentioned previously I like to reference creative women in my design process and this process was a highly enjoyable experience when focussing on my own family as I have been able to shine a light on both the formidable women and men in my family through the clothes I have created. Pieces have been created from specific images of family members to do this.
As my project is centred around my family I wanted to do a print that visually demonstrated this idea. To enable the inclusion of all of my family and friends within the print I took inspiration from the annual tea-towels from primary school that have all the students faces printed onto them. I asked all of my loved ones to draw me a self-portrait that I could then group together to create the print. I have printed this piece using both sublimation and screen print techniques, across a multitude of different scales, to help synchronicity across the collection.