Kira Levi Banks

Contact:
kiralevibanks@yahoo.co.uk
University/School:
Northumbria University Newcastle
Location:
Newcastle
Specialism:
Award WinnerFashion DesignSportswear & LeisurewearTextilesWomenswear
About Me

Hi! I'm Kira, a Fashion Design graduate from Northumbria University

Throughout my four years studying Fashion Design at Northumbria University including a year out for placement, I have vastly developed my skills and knowledge on the industry. I have found that my passions lie within printed outerwear design and I have created a graduate collection that reflects this.

For this collection I have worked with screen printing as well as digital printing. As a winner of the KornitXGFF Competition I was lucky enough to have my fabrics digitally printed at Kornit's headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany.

INSPIRATION

The Domed City

An Autumn/Winter 2023 Womenswear Collection which also demonstrates a masculine approach to fashion focusing on sustainable design. The collection is inspired by the future of Antarctica, drawing on the idea of Richard Buckminster Fuller’s Domed Cities that would allow for a controlled climate inside. Taking oversized silhouette inspiration from Captain Scott VS Amundsen’s 'Race to the South Pole', the collection looks at archival garments worn by the explorers as a foundation to build on.

Prints have been driven by research into ice patterns and the Axel Heiberg Glacier that are at risk of melting due to global warming. The colour palette of the collection is taken from one of Edward Wilson’s watercolour paintings which he painted on the Terra Nova Expedition.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

Promotional Film for Look 1 of my collection 'The Domed City'

With a love for printed outerwear, I wanted to capture texture and detail within my collection. The fabrics in my first look have been screen printed with processes such as puff binder adding a 3D element to my garments. Within this look I have layered fabrics, a printed transparent nylon rip-stop has been placed over the top of a printed drill creating print overlays on garment details such as the hood, sleeve caps and pockets.

Does what we create, justify what we destroy?
Award WinnerFashion DesignSportswear & LeisurewearTextilesWomenswear
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