Having grown up around fashion my whole life, I have always been curious and interested in the process of taking initial design ideas and creating finished garments. I have been heavily inspired by my placement year in a bespoke tailor's which sparked an interest in fine detail and considered garment construction that encourages sustainability.
Throughout my final year projects I explored different aesthetics and illustration styles for different concepts to cater to specific brand identities and customer profiles. One of my portfolios allowed me to express an eclectic style, designing a collection for Bode inspired by landscapes and architecture in Northern France. Focus was on different decorative methods and experimenting with size and placement of prints and embroidery. I explored the South of France for a resort collection for Orlebar Brown, taking inspiration for prints from architecture and images.
My final collection focuses on sustainable garment construction, integrating traditional tailoring techniques with the innovative method of subtraction cutting. Subtraction cutting produces unique garments by creating negative spaces. This collection combines my love for streetwear and tailoring by exploring silhouettes from both. This collection was designed for my own brand, Priya Bassi Designs, which aims to uphold the art of tailoring whilst refashioning it to appeal to the modern gen-z customer.
I designed this collection to embrace sustainability through minimal waste using subtraction cutting as well as focusing on high quality fabrics to create timeless garments designed for longevity. Colour and print are inspired by Japanese Karesansui Gardens and the patterns created through racking gravel, a personal love of mine. Two outfits from this collection were realised into finished garments and styled by myself to reflect the customer profile.
Conducting a placement in a bespoke tailors gave me a greater appreciation for garments construction, fabric selection and fine detail. Focus is on small details including topstitching, symmetry and hardware fastenings for a unique edge to tailored pieces. I used different clasps, clips and eyelets to elevate my designs as well as using panels and seams to create an individual aesthetic.