During my four years at The University of Huddersfield I have studied Fashion design with Textiles specialising in womenswear and embroidery with a years placement within the industry at Christy's by design as a student designer working on children's costume for supermarket and high-street retailers.
As a designer I enjoy working on feminine, delicate highly embellished womenswear collections. This has translated through into my final major collection where I have focused on creating a dreamy, easy on the eye high end womenswear collection which utilises the senses sight and touch to create a fully immersive collection.
Through my graduate collection I have created a calming and relaxing state of mind that invokes the feeling of dreaming and floating away from everyday stresses, creating my own “dreamland”. This dream like feeling has been created through drawing inspiration from clouds and their unusual formation, inspired by the child like notion of gazing up to the clouds daydreaming of the future. Soft, oversized silhouettes paired with ruffles and gathers have been used to mimic the appearance of clouds.
Fashion inherently takes a visual form however I will be exploring how I can apply textiles throughout my collection to create garments that are both beautiful visually and feel beautiful, using tactile techniques like embroidery and quilting. Therefore making my collection inclusive to the blind and visually impaired. Furthermore by interviewing three participants with visual impairments within my research I was able to create a tactile labelling system allowing colour identification through touch.
From conducting research into challenges blind and visually impaired people have when shopping and wearing clothes the main issues I have found are identifying key information that cannot be obtained from touch alone like a garments colour, size and general style / aesthetic. Therefore I have introduced a braille labelling system within my garments consisting of trapunto quilted messages and laser cut tags to communicate colour and other relevant information. To further increase accessibility within my collection printed QR code labels with raised embroided borders will be found on the inside of each garment which when scanned will play an audio description for those within the community that do not read braille.