My work is an expression of identity through different elements of life. My collection is based on the Afterlife, which derives from Ancient Pharaonic Culture in Egypt. I have explored the meaning of Afterlife and interpreted it into our modern-day existence.
I find inspiration in the unknown. I look to explore existence in the physical, spiritual and mental realm through a fashion design medium. Through exploration and imagination, I like to deepen my understanding of human life and our connection to the universe.
During the Pandemic, my first and second years at university were interrupted by unfortunate events. We all were put into lockdown. Many of us lost friends and families due to covid as well as losing our freedom and sense of self. Confined to limited space and measures to ensure safety. I had a lot of time to self-reflect and not let Covid take away from my passion instead I used this time to look at the notions around death in a more positive manner.
To challenge these negative connotations surrounding death, once the rules during the Pandemic became less strict, I flew to Cairo just before my 3rd year to explore the Ancient culture of the Egyptians and get a broader perspective of what a celebration death could be for all of us. The influence from Egyptian culture runs throughout my work from metallic fabrics and animalistic symbolism further highlighting our connection to the past and the unknown future.
The Afterlife print is a key element to my collection, the print is created from looking at the fibres of different materials that have been destroyed because of carbon under a microscope, naked to the human eye it focuses on the idea of “just because we do not see it does not mean it doesn’t exist” which follows in line of imagining a life beyond death. The print highlights the destruction that’s caused within the Fashion Industry. The Print displays the idea of destruction within the collection as well as distortion in a visual sense. The print has been used in a symbolic manner as well as decorative. In the outfit that’s been inspired by religion (Eden), the print has been sublimated on the voile here it displays the idea of sin. The same print is used in Simulacrum on the mirrored tiled skirt. The print distorts the viewers reflections this is to portray the idea of identification and misidentifion through reflection.