Rosie Horsley-Frost is a fashion designer drawing inspiration from emotions, creating sculptural silhouettes that have a focus on fabric and texture. The overall objective being to bring self-expression, confidence and experimentation with colour and shape through the garments to whoever wears them.
My creative process involves draping along side technical pattern cutting. Depending on the different fabrics and the properties they possess, I create unique outcomes which exaggerate and pronounce the human form. I have reignited my love for traditional techniques such as crochet and knitting to construct garments, add more textures and a personal touch to my work. In addition to practical work, throughout university my interest in technical flats has become an aspect of the process I truly enjoy within fashion design and spend a lot of time to perfect.
‘Lost and Finding’ is a season-less collection which explores the journey between the contrasting emotions we feel from difficult times in our life to then rebuilding ourselves. Referring specifically from my own interpretation of the emotions, the collection directly represents how I personally experience each feeling through colour, fabric and silhouette determining the choices for each garment. Feelings of being lost, vulnerable, experiencing growth and self-assurance inspire each look.
It was important for me to be influenced by silhouette and fabric throughout my process in order to reflect various emotions from how they felt to touch instead of just how they looked, with the purpose of influencing each individuals’ separate association. For instance, I created look one through abstract shapes inspired by artist Francis bacon, conveying self-isolation and ‘protection’ as we become emotionally guarded whilst also exploring the use of wadding to communicate self-soothing and comfort.
Looking beyond the conventional methods of craftsmanship, I incorporated crochet to join sections of garments together and knitting to exaggerate and elongate the human form. Look 1 includes various crochet details in order to portray the feeing of being lost. Each panel is filled with wadding and crocheted closed and to one another, creating patch-work and conveying different pieces of yourself falling apart as well as netted crochet revealing the skin underneath, starting to slightly expose ‘vulnerability’. Look 2 consists of gaped crochet and knit to create a minimal, deconstructed suggestion of clothing to represent stripping down barriers and becoming openly vulnerable. Look three consists of a knitted skirt laced together with ribbon to resemble rebuilding healthy boundaries as we become more comfortable. Look 4 is slightly transparent, conveying positive, open vulnerability and includes gathers of volume and exposed brightly overlocked seams to encapsulates us wholeheartedly accepting who we are.