Flick is London-born designer with a heart for storytelling and an inventive spirit, driven to create conceptual contemporary clothing that speaks of futurism and ingenuity.
A highly creative approach to fashion design has fuelled Flick's final collection that challenges conventions of garment construction. Her Modular, interchangeable clothing and accessories are sophisticated and self-renewing, not only demonstrating her design skills but also leaving space for the customer to express their individual creativity in engaging with building their own clothes, bags and shoes.
Last summer I unearthed a box of 1930s Meccano that belonged to my grandfather, Kit Holden, who is a civil engineer. I had a strong sense that a rich bank of opportunities for creativity lay within this set of perforated shapes and its call to child-like playfulness satisfied my intention to approach the year with a lighthearted, imaginative topic. I jumped into the world of vintage Meccano and as a result began to gravitate towards the vision of creating a fashion equivalent of a construction set.
An exploratory use of the laser cutting machine combined with extensive draping and the realisation that screws could be used to connect the clothing in place of sewing underpinned my progress. From enlarged scans of the Meccano set, I designed perforated shapes that took on a life of their own when draped on the body, creating sophisticated sculptural silhouettes that were completely interchangeable. Like Meccano, the shapes were ready to be put together - the limit for design was simply my imagination.
Fabrics had to be suitable for being laser cut, being draped to form a variety of garments and being able to take the pressure of a screw whilst looking sophisticated and desirable. This was a difficult array of qualities to find, especially as I was committed to sourcing materials as sustainably as possible. My solutions were to upcycle surplus army materials, use deadstock fabrics from various fashion houses and buy alternative hardware materials from UK factories.