Ambitious and hardworking with great people skills. I have experience in working in a variety of roles, meaning that I’m able to adapt to fast paced environments. I dedicate my self wholeheartedly to whatever task I am given and intend to use my passion and tenacity to pursue my dream of turning my own brand; KaBlo, into a success.
After joining the University of Salford I quickly discovered that I was drawn to the more practical elements of the course; taking time after lectures to make one-off pieces for myself. This flair for garment construction meant that I was selected to showcase my work in New York during fashion week. This trip was not only an amazing opportunity in terms of networking and exposure to the industry, but it also acted as a creative springboard for many of the design projects that followed. I found that I was referencing from the New York nightlife which lent itself to my vibrant aesthetic.
An element of my culture which I felt drawn towards was the superstition revolving around ‘the evil eye’. The belief is that if something is too perfect, it will attract negative energy. This idea lends itself nicely towards textile development as it can be used in various ways. My initial thought was to use it as inspiration for textile development, simply by creating intentional imperfections within a regular pattern.
The main inspiration behind my final major project was how daytime raves weren’t just a place for young British-Asians to go and dance to bhangra music. It was a melting pot for the youth culture of the time where Jungle, Garage and American hip-hop played major rolls in the way people dressed. This, combined with more traditional elements of Punjabi clothing created a sound and a look that was unique to this generation. A look which was referenced throughout this collection.
When I initially started the sampling process for this collection, I began by toiling simple Punjabi garments such as kurtas (shirt) and salwars (trousers). These would then be photographed and collaged using research imagery, particularly focusing on typical Indian arch detailing. However it was important that the designs didn’t focus too much on the cultural elements of the concept, but rather the British-Asian experience as a whole. In order to get past this I turned my focus onto the cut & proportion of the collection; referencing early 90’s streetwear adorned by the youth. Elements such as sleeve darts and wadded panels began to give pieces a contemporary look. With regards to fabric choice it was important to have a balance of ‘clean’ and ‘vibrant’. For the shirting I chose two different colours in a light cotton; one dusty pink, and the other faded orange. Both having a slight matte finish. These will be paired with trousers in a light beige twill fabric, with a slight crinkle effect.