Couture, tailoring and lingerie have always been key interests of mine since the beginning of my fashion career. The modern disposable attitudes towards clothes have led me to a crave the handmade and I find my true fascination lies in couture; The idea that each design is hand-created as a beautiful, unique garment, made to the highest quality standard.
Taking inspiration from couture and tailoring practices, my aim is to create stunning designs made to the highest quality and entirely hand embroidered. My brand aims to preserve the traditional practices used within couture and tailoring, allowing for this skill to be passed further down the generations. My collection looks at the future of humanity. It serves as a reminder of the disposable attitudes we have today and what luxury fashion design meant only about 70 years ago. Fashion design should be the creation of something unique and special, made in-house by skilled artisans.
This term is defined as “the extinction of the human species as a result of human action”. ‘David Attenborough’s 2020 documentary, ‘A Life on Our Planet’, gave a disturbing insight into the reality of what faces the future of humanity. As he wandered around the site of Chernobyl, home of the world’s worst human disaster, the abandoned and overgrown buildings fascinated me into the idea of what the world would look like without us around.
My final collection looks at the aftermath- when humans have completely disappeared. What do the buildings look like? How has nature reclaimed the space? These are places from which I draw my inspiration, bringing them into my designs using colour, fabric and intricate embroidery. My silhouettes are drawn from the 1950’s, when it is believed that humans began to have an effect of the state of the planet. I look at couture tailoring and silhouettes from the time such as the ‘New Look’ by Christian Dior.
The Bustier Blazer is one of the key signature pieces within look 1 of my collection. Due to my passion for tailoring, this a piece that I continued to develop over 9 toiles to ensure its absolute perfection. As part of my range, I have developed the idea of ‘customisable couture’; garments that can become interchangeable and worn in multiple ways dependant on the event or clients’ taste. The versatility of my collection makes it more sustainable within the couture market. Most couture garments you purchase are so extravagant, you may only wear it a few times. However, I have purposefully included couture embellishments on certain pieces and not on others to enable customers to decide if they want a more refined classical look or if they want something a bit more special with added sparkle.This video shows the process of the creation of the The Buster Blazer look. It is made from British 150s navy wool with black guipure lace panels. It also contains intricate couture embroidery created entirely by hand.