I specialize in knitwear and have interests in technical, highly functional design, transformable garments and sustainability. My graduate collection features unisex technical outerwear and military inspired utilitarian details, various knitwear techniques and repurposed materials.
Garment functionality and durability are key factors within this project and my design philosophy as a whole. Having sustainability in mind not only when selecting materials but also when designing garments is an important part of the process for me. I aim to create garments that have enough longevity and functional uses for their owner to keep and wear them throughout changing seasons, conditions and for years to come. I also like to find ways to reuse and repurpose materials, shown within my collection as well as in the outfit I created as a finalist in GFW X Untagged upcycling competition.
My collection was heavily influenced by my experience growing up in and exploring more isolated villages in the surrounding Peak District, thinking about life for young people living in such rural areas and how alternative lifestyles may collide when music festivals and raves take place in these areas. Imagery around raves and festivals highlighted a series of expressive subjects and inspired the mouth motif that features throughout the collection.
Exploration into workwear and uniforms associated with rural industries inspired functional garment details featured in my collection. Analysing tent fixtures and finishings also supported the more technical and waterproof garments I have designed, repurposing details including tent zips, guy rope tensioners and gaiter hooks. The idea of packing light and creating outfits for multiple days of a festival inspired me to create transformable garments that can be worn in alternative ways for each day.
My collection features transformable garments including a jacket that can also be worn as trousers and a bag as well as a skirt that zips off into a mini skirt, with the bottom half becoming a multiway bag. The different uses of my garments and the ways they adapt, disassemble, join and interact make them suitable for multiple conditions and purposes relating to my concept. The multi functionality and increased wearability of the garments should encourage the wearer to continually use, change and repair their garment throughout changing environments and specific needs.