I am a menswear designer who explores modern masculinity through my passion for pattern cutting, with a focus on tailoring and love of vibrant colours/fabrics.
My family is a big inspiration to my work. Looking at old photos which show my family background and pairing this with my love for all forms of art and culture is something that always really excites me. Print and knit are two aspects of fashion I have also been interested in throughout my time at university. I have incorporated them into many of my projects including my graduate collection.
My graduate collection links together influences of my family from Italy throughout the 70s and 80s and research into David Hockney’s swimming pool artwork mainly created in LA. The style of my Great-Grandad has inspired traditional tailoring aspects of my design developments. Photographs of my family in Italy along with the work of photographer Charles H Traub has been a big influence for researching traditional Italian style and has informed details such as fastenings, pockets and overall silhouettes.
I have created a narrative of a working man travelling from the office to Italy on holiday, carrying his clothes in a suitcase creating creases and ripples in the clothing, also relating to water distortion from the Hockney paintings and with references to 90’s airport photos of celebrities. The film ‘Call me by your name’ (2017) is another reference I have used within my research as this film reflects the lifestyle of my narrative and is set in a similar setting of 1980’s Italy.
Fabric manipulation was explored as the narrative expresses how the man would have the clothes creased and crinkled from being in the suitcase. The effect also links to a wet look, linking to Hockney’s swimming pools, inspiring me to place clothing in a pool of water to see the distortion and effect the water created. To recreate the look, a lot of experimenting with a range of stitching, fusing and gathering techniques was developed. This evolved into using bondaweb and lightweight fabrics to design a collection that involves both structural and fluid pieces.