My Creativity is heavily influenced by my passions and hobbies outside of my time at Uni. From a young age, I have always been drawn to competitive sports and this is something passed down from my mum. Her drive and determination are what has encouraged me to follow the same path.
For me, it is important that my designs are heavily influenced by my passion for competitive sports as it really helps to form an identity and style that is personal and comes from the heart. This is why from the moment I started at uni I knew that I wanted to go down the route of sportswear design. For me, it is something I have found I can use my knowledge from competing in sports to influence the way I design. Throughout my journey at uni, my knowledge of sportswear design has continued to grow.
My Passion for Competitive sports led me to explore avenues that would allow me to create a womenswear collection that had a strong visual representation of competitive sports. I developed my collection by exploring gender stereotypes and female empowerment in sports. The collection name LIKE A GIRL stems from the term “You play like a girl” or you “Throw like a girl”. For years women’s abilities to take part in competitive sports have been doubted by males.
The term “play like a girl” has historically been used to suggest weakness and ineptitude, a lack of physical performance and determination. This theme is something quite personal to me being a competitive athlete has really opened my eyes to the fact that Men and Women aren’t able to compete in the same sports. I want my collection to bring light to this situation. I aim to do this by using feminine colours and silhouettes with key details taken from sports that are stereotypically male sports.
I wanted the key details of my collection to be influenced by the competitive sports I was focusing on. Each outfit is inspired by a particular sport that I believe to be a sport that was stereotypically meant for men to play. I have taken details from the sports equipment used and incorporated them into my garments.