My collection has been heavily influenced by key images that I resonated with, this formed an in-depth exploration into fashions of the Eighties and Japanese Kawaii Street style. In taking inspiration from these things, I have been able to create a versatile collection that accurately represents my design aesthetic.
The name of the project 'Kyandi' meaning 'candy' in Japanese hints at the mood and colour pallet adopted for the collection. Through comprehensive research into styling I have created a collection that shows realisation and direction from concept to outcome.
When starting the research process for this collection I was firstly inspired by the dancer Micheal Clark. I went to the exhibition 'Micheal Clark - Cosmic Dancer' where I took particular interest in his costumes and training leotards. This acted as a lead inspiration when conducting 2D and 3D design development where I worked on creating non-performance bodysuits and leotards. Image - Micheal Clark for Body Map 1980s.
I was also greatly inspired by early Eighties Rei Kawakubo for Comme Des Garcons. Research into this helped me form silhouettes in odd formations. It acted as the catalyst in creating the movement and feeling of the collection.
This fabric allowed me to create odd silhouettes as it is lightweight but hold its shape. I was able to gather it, crumple it and manipulate it the way I wanted.