I am a womenswear designer that specialises in pattern cutting. In my years at Northumbria I have developed my skills as a womenswear designer and have found a natural passion for embroidery and embellishment. I enjoy creating my own fabrics and textures, and exploring different embellishment techniques.
I am mainly inspired by different cultures and history, especially my own heritage and culture. Creating concepts around the history events of my country and drawing from my own experiences allowed me to delve deeper into my research and develop uniquely personal projects. During research, I juxtapose two opposing elements to create contemporary designs. Sampling is also integral to my research and design process as it allows me to test out my ideas and consider different ways of constructing garments before making in final fabric.
This is a Spring Summer 2023 collection inspired by the traditional Filipiniana gowns from the Philippines and the mixed heritage of my muse, as well as my personal Filipino heritage and British upbringing. Woven identity celebrates the two cultures by combining Filipino silhouettes and art forms such as weaving and embroidery with Western silhouettes and garments.
A mix of different fabrics such as lace, Filipino pineapple fibre, and textured cottons also represent the mix of identity. The inclusion of delicate, sheer fabrics were inspired by the fabrics and techniques used for the feminine Filipiniana clothing and the menswear Barong Tagalog. The collection aims to promote a new modern Filipina feminine ideal ; opposite from the traditional Maria Clara archetype by being confident and bold, but similar in its delicate femininity.
I created my own fabrics for the ruffles on my dress by layering different laces and sheer fabrics such as silk organza, chiffon and pina fabric on top of each other. These were made into strips, with each strip being made up of a different combination of fabrics. I alternated them to emphasise the individual panels and I added floral applique and 3D flowers to match the embroidery on the bodice.