For the last 4 years I have studied Menswear Design at the University of Leeds. During my studies, I was offered the exciting opportunity to intern at O'Neill in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Through my time in industry and at Leeds I have developed skills in CAD design, illustration technique, print design, pattern cutting and garment construction.
For my final year project, I have worked on 5 consecutive collections. Through research and design development, I have provided innovative and contemporary design solutions for a diverse array of brands and customers. By utilising my knowledge of fabrics and my eye for creative colour palettes, appropriate fabric and colour choices have been made, as well as creating modern and eye catching prints. My skills in the Adobe Suite have allowed me to create detailed CADs of my designs, complimented by supporting illustrations that reflect the customer of each collection.
Concept 1 - Normal People for Acne Studios This Menswear A/W 22 collection is inspired by hit BBC3 series “Normal People”. Based in Sligo, Ireland, the series really resonates with my Irish roots therefore a focus on Irish heritage fabrics, such as Donegal Tweed, and the Aran sweater form the basis for this collection. The collection takes on a youthful and sporty approach, before taking a structured and sophisticated turn, inspired by Victorian school uniforms.
Concept 2 - Inspired by 70s Surf Culture captured by iconic photographer Jeff Divine, this Spring/Summer 22 Collection for Stussy provides contemporary photographic prints and relaxed silhouettes to create a slow and steady summer mood, offering day and night time drops to suit the wide range Stussy customer. Experimental dye and bleaching techniques have influenced design details, whilst graphics have been inspired from details of Divine's iconic photographs.
A circular silhouette is the focus of this collection as well as the key innovation, creating a zero waste collection through toile development and experimentation. A bright colour palette reflects the flamboyancy of funghi, as well as nods to the sportiness of the brand.