For her FMP, Liv was inspired by her heritage. Having moved to the UK from Poland as a child has shaped her identity and she was intrigued about the experiences of other young people with multicultural backgrounds, within the fashion sector. She has used photography, art direction and publication design to communicate her concept.
Brexit and politics have pained a negative picture of immigration which has caused a divide in the UK, with an increase in discrimination and racism. I wanted to create a publication which positively represents people from multicultural backgrounds. Multicultural influences play a huge part in the fashion industry, and the industry itself relies heavily on transnational relations. It is important to me to challenge these toxic narratives through creating an inclusive space which celebrates diversity and multiculturalism in the UK.
I was inspired by my heritage and how being a child of immigrant parents has shaped my identity. I have never met a lot of people to who I could relate to regarding my experiences until I began this project. Moving to the UK at a young age had it's ups and downs but I am forever grateful for the opportunities that my parents have provided me with. I reached out to young, multicultural creatives within the fashion field to create a documentary style publication with a sense of connectivity and unity.
I have also looked into Britain's multicultural history and how different aspects of society have been influenced through immigration. I found it fascinating how British fashion and style has been influenced over the decades due to this. On the other hand, I have looked into Brexit and events such as The Windrush Scandal; the way that multicultural people have been treated over the years in a country which they call home is upsetting and there are a lot of negative connotations surrounding this topic.
The use of colour was important to me because colour has connotations to all the different cultures amongst us. I have photographed and interviewed a diverse selection of creatives who all possess exciting, unique skills which are the future of the fashion industry; they deserve to be celebrated. I have also experimented with graphic design and typography to achieve a vibrant yet minimal aesthetic; I really wanted the images to stand out as the publication is dedicated to the creatives featured. I have also gathered submissions from contributors including a make up artist, photographer and a fashion designer who have shared how their mixed heritage contributes to their creative practice. This project has really taught me a lot about the differences in cultures, but also the similarities we share as multicultural creatives and the importance of uniting and supporting each other. I hope that Unite will educate people and promote more inclusivity within our society.