Inspired greatly by historical fashion and feminine silhouettes, my approach to design sees merging the old with the new to produce re-born versions of clothing we love.
Noticing a gap in the market for athleisure which can be styled for sport and for leisure, I have directed my projects towards creating conceptual interpretations of classic garments. I love to morph styles together to create romanticised garments that can be styled in various ways.
Growing up with a love of visiting medieval castles and ruins, I've always been inspired by historical concepts, with a fascination for the French Renaissance era directing my artistic approach to design. Looking at Marie Antionette and the shockwaves she sent through the fashion industry, I became engrossed in how historical outfits were made up of several garments layered upon the other, each hosting its own function.
Comparing this to modern day fashion, where everything is so fast paced and the consumer has begun to forget the true purpose of the clothing they buy, this lead me to want to create a modern interpretation of this outfit building concept. Looking at the sportswear industry in particular, one that rarely explores extravagant silhouettes, my collection 'Trianon' was born, a romantic approach to athleisure which consists of many garments designed to be layered to form complete functional outfits.
My focus with my final graduate line up was to provide a variety of garments that held different purposes. By styling each piece with various others, you are able to form outfits of different silhouettes and functions. Toggles with hi-vis accents are used throughout to enable adjustable wear, whilst compression fabrics and ripstop formulate the main materials, allowing for function whilst on the move. My main conceptual piece took a classic windbreaker, and re-imagined it into a gown which in turn can mimic a bustle to merge the skirt into a shorter one.