I am an adaptable designer, with experience in designing womenswear, menswear and accessories. Through out my industry experience I have gained invaluable knowledge, furthering my skill set across; design, the fabric selection process and industry awareness. This has increased my ability of self development for my future career in the fashion industry.
For my final major project I created a womenswear Ath-leisure capsule collection. Through-out my placement year I realised how popular Ath-leisure clothing is becoming, especially after the Coronavirus pandemic. The outdoors were seen as escape during this time, especially for me and my family. Which is where my initial ideas for my final collection originated from.
My collection named ‘Alpine Venturer’, was initially influenced from the documentary ‘The Dawn Wall’ on Netflix. I was in complete owe of the climber Tommy Caldwell, who created the route and completed the first free ascent of the Dawn Wall. I investigated the route of this specific climb and the climbing grade used to measure the climb was used across my branding, designs, and textiles.
Many details were retrieved from my dads mountaineering equipment, like back packs, sleeping bags and tents. An online archive of outdoor recreation catalogues was beneficial across designing and impactful when choosing a colour scheme for the collection. These catalogues featured details of mountaineering from up to 60 years ago from various brands including Patagonia and The North Face. Visiting a CP company exhibition was also beneficial, which showcased 50 years of outerwear products.
My main collection features designs that are multifunctional. I wanted to create garments that can could be available in more than one colourway without having to create separate garments. My gilets are completely reversible. The customer would have an option of wearing the garments on the bright printed side or switching to the plain waterproof side. I also included within my collection a puffer jacket that incorporated a detachable Gilet, the garments can be worn together or separately. The puffer jacket also has elements of a sleeping bag, for example in the back lining there is a pocket that can hold the back train, so the jacket can be worn practically in the outdoors but in the night time the jacket can be transformed into a sleeping bag, as it includes mitten like pockets that fasten to the sleeve and the back train can be pulled to the front of the jacket and be utilised as a sleeping bag.