Thy Nga (Nora) Nguyen is a Fashion Designer graduate from Leeds Arts University. Nora specialises in both Womenswear and Menswear, focusing in asymmetric tailoring, creative construction with unique details.
Throughout the course, I've learnt variety of skills that are useful for the fashion industry as creative pattern cutting and bringing 2D sketches to real garments. As a designer, I have always desired to create the bold and unique to my designs, something modern but extraordinary that can make a huge impression.
"Illusory void" is a collection that explores the surreal feeling of the Brutalist architecture movement. Illusory means not real, or deceptive; void means emptiness. Aiming to express these through the designs, a wide range of materials with different textures are being used which create a unique combination between the softness and the roughness like the feeling of touching a cold and rough concrete. The keywords of this collection are " fluidity" and "solidity".
Desire to express and bring the sculptural elements from architectural spaces to the fashion world, "Illusory Void" echo the lines, texture and volume seen in the many Brutalist building, by carefully layering with asymmetrical forms to create an unfinished and imbalanced look. The cut-out element in this collection is also influenced by the "Void".
Sculptural shapes and using creative de-construct following with asymmetric in the silhouette by using unique techniques and carefully selected high-quality material. Silhouettes are found through working directly onto the body, draping, pinning and sculpting.