I have always had a passion for designing garments, as I’ve gotten older and explored the industry further, my streetwear-inspired designs have developed to be sustainable and spark important conversations. Using bold prints and unconventional construction techniques, my designs aim to break the norm and encourage change towards gender equality.
I have always enjoyed the process of designing and making clothes. From starting out with rough sketches, to testing the design during the toiling phase and perfecting the textile techniques, to achieving a final finished piece. I find the journey that each garment goes on very rewarding - it's how I’ve learnt different methods for garment construction and print design. I want to continue to learn even more about how I can be a more responsible designer, as the fashion industry needs to evolve to be more sustainable and ethical.
The fight for equal rights between men and women is a conversation that has been happening for many decades, but we have still yet to achieve equality as a society. There are many areas in which genders are not equal, my collection focuses on the equality between male and female bodies and how they are portrayed, with many aspects of the female form being used as my inspiration to create my prints and silhouettes.
Taking traditional Menswear pieces such as ties and boxers and transforming them into womenswear garments, was a way to empower women and celebrate female assets that would not normally be celebrated. My own experience of being a woman, as well as the women around me, was hugely inspirational as I tackled this issue with different views of how women are treated in the contemporary world. The aim of this collection is to encourage equality across gender and eliminate taboos that surround the female body.
The collection uses muted tones of blue and pink, to play on the stereotypes of “gender”, these are combined with a lilac to meet in the middle of the two colours. A vibrant orange is used to brighten the collection for Spring/Summer 23. The colours are used across the garments both in the second-hand ties used for the constructed textiles in this collection and within the graphic surface prints that prominently feature the female anatomy. Screen printed motifs and vinyl create bold statements alongside the embroidered patch that demonstrates the sporty style of the collection. Heavily influenced by streetwear, which for a long time was considered a menswear strain of fashion, my collection challenges that to be made for the female body. I juxtapose large oversized jackets and trousers with form-fitting bralettes and bodysuits, to flatter the female figure.