My graduate collection “More is more, Less is a bore” is inspired my maximalist design, with strong vintage, specifically 60s, ultra feminine and childish themes, shown in the use of textiles throughout. My style of design is very cute with bright and bold colours, and big, puffy silhouettes, encompassing a modern 60s vibe
I wanted to use my graduate collection as a way to bring the fun back to fashion, which I had noticed had become very serious and politically motivated. I have used bright and pastel colours, as well as contrasting prints to make the collection eye catching and have a light hearted, childish feel to it. I have always loved busy and overcomplicated fashion and design, so wanted this to be a major part of my graduate collection, especially with having a big love of print and colour, which I have shown throughout the fabrics I have used.
I have found that recent fashion collections are often focussed on being a political statement, showing the beliefs of the designer, however I wanted to make my collection fun, and something you could wear for the sake of it, and simply because you like how it looks. I have always loved the busyness of maximalist interior design, and how that is carried through to maximalist fashion, the design and styling is so unique and eye-catching, something I knew my graduate collection should be.
To emphasise the theme of maximalism, I have taken inspiration from layered prints, with random shapes and motifs, something that you can keep looking at and see the different components the more you look. There is an ultra feminine theme to the outfits also, so I have taken inspiration from the styles of the 60s, as to me, this was a pioneering time for womens fashion, a time when so much changed for the better and something I didnt feel I could leave out of a womenswear collection.
As well as using a punch card to create a print in my knitwear, and a digitally printed fabric, I have handmade a quilted fabric using scraps of coloured and printed fabric to create a new “patterned” fabric. This technique creates a unique fabric which can include scraps from old prints and projects, as well as scraps from warehouse floors, a way to use up small bits of fabric. The quilted fabric is the main attraction in this collection, with it being on show throughout, it works well with the other textile designs and isn't too bold or overpowering, but gets the colour palette across. The details in this collection are very important in getting across the cuteness and girliness I have aimed for, with hearts being on everything I can put them on, including buttons and the knitwear, it couldn't get cuter!