Lauren Willoughby is a womenswear designer who often takes inspiration from her own personal experiences as well as the world around her to create powerful garments which tell a story. With a strong focus on visually communicating her work in a variety of methods, she focuses heavily on collage and fabric experimentation.
With experience working for a luxury womenswear brand in the lead up to fashion week, I’m able to work at a fast pace under pressure while keeping a strong focus on detail. Through developing my collection, I’ve been able to widen my skill set by pushing myself outside my comfort zone. I’ve worked with unusual materials which have allowed me to further develop my understanding of fabrics while challenging myself as a designer.
Through exploring the female form in a diversity of research I was able to depict body dysmorphia in a raw and honest way while encouraging the celebration of all body shapes and types. By exhibiting the perception of the body through distortion, my collection unmasks body dysmorphia to show the every day struggles which come with it.
My research into Michaela stark heavily influenced my work and led me to explore the use of gathering and drawstring within my collection to distort the silhouette of my garments, as well as developing boned pieces to contrast the softer structures. I also researched into artists such as Leigh De Vries and Julia SH allowed me to develop my project further through the exploration of beauty and perfection.
To support my collection, I also created a collaborative piece of film which was designed to raise awareness of body dysmorphia. For this project I worked with videographer Adam Harrison to produce a piece which could be used to raise awareness of body dysmorphia whilst showcasing my collection and the story behind it,.