I am a ready-to-wear Menswear designer. Inspired by everyday routines, creating luxury garments with functional components. For my this collection, I took inspiration from the U.K. Working-Class culture which I feel personally emerged in. I aim to create a colourful and positive collection celebrating this close knit community.
My aim is to highlight the beauty of the Working-Class society. By taking my first hand experiences and knowledge to explore the positive aspects which frequently get ignored or are viewed with a negative perception. I feel strongly about my family roots and sense of community which has always made me feel proud to be part of that culture.
I have always felt strongly about how the Working-Class are so often portrayed negatively in U.K. society. So decided to create a theoretical and practical body of work because it was a subject I felt I could really connect with using Primary research to create a collection with an in-depth meaning. Taking inspiration from the positive aspects of the Working-Class society, such as the persistent hard work seen throughout the U.K. from north to south.
This sincere work ethic frequently gets ignored and viewed with negativity which has effected the everyday mentality. In my designs I have explored how Working-Class school pupils are set up to fail before they have even started due to negative stereotypes. For instance I took a classic Oxford School shirt and made it more functional making it better for the wearer. Including hidden pockets and a large hidden breathable panel. Also the use of bright colours to give on lookers a positive feeling.
I used my research from my dissertation which was exploring how the Working-Class is so often demonised. When writing the piece I discovered how Working-Class school pupils are set up to fail and how their goals are tunnelled to leave and get a manual labour job. While spending their time at school rebelling against the school system. The shape of the hood takes the idea of the tunnelled vision and creates a functional shape to protect the body from bad weather.