As a designer, I strongly believe that craftsmanship within a design is highly important. Putting an emphasis on sustainable craft and narrative. I believe that I display this throughout my designer journey, showing an understanding of sustainability and all current issues of today.
My love for exploring textile is highlighted throughout my collection, incorporating several handcrafted techniques. Allowing my concept to influence the textile exploration and decisions, using an array of these techniques to best suit the narrative of the collection. During my growth I've explored creating repeat patterns, and using silk screen printing to create a textural surface through my choice of puff binder for the collection. The use of creative pattern cutting and drape work used to create unique shapes and professional finishing's.
Juxtaposing the 18th century dress with modern-day wear, resulting in a unique collection that is made elegant through my choice of fabric/layering, handcrafted cloth, and exploration of silhouettes. The title “Reshaping the Boundaries” was to be influenced by the dividing lines of society, how they’ve changed through the decades, but also how I can use this statement to explore different fabric manipulations by developing traditional and non-traditional craft.
Research had shown that the colour pink was fashionably worn by men during the 18th century and wasn’t until the modern century that this colour became widely associated with femininity. My collection addresses this, to reshape these dividing lines of gender norms and create a hyper feminine elegance of flamboyance to freely express. These design choices allowed my collection to cater for a wider audience, being able to fit several body sizes and recognizing that all people are different.
Throughout my work craftsmanship is always highlighted, considering my techniques carefully to ensure the best quality and finishing while considering the sustainable affects. I believe that through experimenting techniques and creating a narrative through your cloth, a garment can be made to have a longer and more meaningful life. Macrame knotting technique was used to create a top, along with handmade beading that was upcycled using old/second-hand beads. The elasticated fastenings have been used to create opportunity for diversity, befitting several body types, but to also create additional detailing, referencing the frills from 18th century fashion.