Eve Fallon is a luxury ready-to-wear womenswear designer with a love of bold rich fabrics, corsetry, and embroidery. She works towards promoting inclusion and understanding of different cultures, heritage and gender through her collection which looks at the women in her family in colonial southern China and Lutheran priests in 1700’s Denmark.
I enjoy amalgamating ideas and styles together that are unexpected whether this be in colour, stripe, or concept. I am interested in history and exploring untold stories. I enjoy sharing my identity through my work, through my family’s stories and my design aesthetic. My collection emphasises the parallels between immorality and purity. The silhouettes of my collection feature the juxtaposition of sensuality and asceticism through mixing large, gathered shapes and corsetry. It empowers women and the female figure whilst also acknowledging the suffering of working women throughout history.
My collection is inspired by old photographs I found of my family in colonial Hong Kong and Canton in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It celebrates the women in my family not talked about. These women were descendants of the ‘Tanka’ group of southern China and concubines to the men in my family. This group of boat dwellers were ostracised by the Chinese community for being of a different ethnic group. I juxtaposed this with the experience of my Danish family who were Lutheran priests.
My collection emphasises the parallels between immorality and purity. I am interested in the portrayal of women throughout history. I address the nature of ‘the wicked women,’ promiscuity and prostitution and being bound and trapped. It celebrates resilient women many of whom have been bound by circumstance throughout history and their story silenced. I enjoy presenting my own family’s history in this light whilst also engaging with the impact of colonialism and mixed heritage.
I mixed larger bolder shapes and colours with intricate detailing in embroidery and corsetry. My embroidery designs were taken from the old photographs of my family. The intent was to create a family tapestry of sorts, depicting my identity and sharing my heritage. I was inspired by traditional Chinese embroidery but wanted to create textiles in a more innovative way. My collection is designed to be treasured and cherished. It reflects me but also the memories of so many others. I felt detailed elements correlated nicely with this theme. I enjoyed experimenting with pattern cutting to create the perfect fitting corset. This was a new experience for me, and fashion contouring is something I have really enjoyed. The female body and being bound and enslaved was a crucial part of my research and so it was important to replicate this in a detailed and precise way. I used boning to gather large shapes to create volume and detailed elements throughout my collection which contrasted with the fitted corsets.