I find the costumes people wear daily and its reflection on an individuals identity fascinating. My interest in the underlying discourses of what and how people choose to wear clothing informs my practice, and designing for a muse becomes the starting point for my research.
Masculinity and class are reoccurring discussions within my work, I am fascinated by blokes. Observing men I’ve been surrounded by growing up and seeing the affects and limitations that masculinity forces upon them, has created a need to explore this area. This exploration is one I am excited to move forward with through my practice, building upon the research collated during my time at Kingston University and on a personal level.
Research into the inhibition of self expression relating to working-class men lead me to have conversations with individuals who primarily fall outside of the art school bubble, something I find throughout my practice to be hugely insightful. Discussing how people actually feel creates an authentic understanding of the individual and furthers my design. This process has become an invaluable element of my process as well as something that I thoroughly enjoy.
Narrative is important to me when designing and throughout my whole process. The storyline is key and allows me to use my muses as characters through my practice from initial styling and draping to final fits. This approach makes sure I stay true to my concept and acts as a reminder of what my intention is through my design.