Skye Bending

Contact:
skyben06@hotmail.com
University/School:
Edinburgh College of Art
Location:
Edinburgh
Specialism:
Accessory DesignAward NomineeFashion DesignFashion ImageTextilesWomenswear
About Me

Hello, I’m Skye a BA fashion design graduate from Edinburgh.

Passionate about womenswear I’m inspired by the raw materials around us, it is the creative collaboration between design and vision that excites me most. I take inspiration from external influences past and present and have tried to be forward thinking. My aesthetic being innovative and eye-catching.

My ambition is to work as a designer in the high-end market, with and extra focus on textile innovations and pattern cutting. Garment and textile design is where is thrive best along with illustrative skills. I often take abstract ideas deconstruct them and find design visuals within the themes to influence silhouette shapes around the body and detailing within the garments. I like bold minimal cuts with quirky detail. I always have a balance of looking forward to new innovations as well as taking inspiration from historic fashion references.

INSPIRATION

Opposite attraction: two contradictory things working together to make something beautiful.

My collection explores the theme of duality. Taking inspiration from women portrayed in gothic literature and modern-day media. These depictions usually rely on two contrasting stereotypes of womanhood: the pure, innocent, Madonna character, or the promiscuous and sensual femme fatale. I wanted to create a muse that could harmonise two strong narratives of women seen today. My collection rejects this false dichotomy, providing clothes for a multifaced modern woman.

I design for the real women i see in my life that are not defined or constrained by strict binaries of what it means to be female. Secondly, I was drawn to rubber as a material choice due to its toughness to contrast with softer, silky drape. Rubber also has connotations of sexuality and promiscuity due to bondage and fetish wear. I aim to use the rubber to make sophisticated garments to apply it in an unexpected way. I also looked to soft furnishings for inspiration for finishing’s and trims.

MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

OPPOSITE ATTRACTION // GRADUATE COLLECTION

My collection explores the theme of duality. My research focuses on how women are portrayed in gothic literature and modern day media. These depictions usually rely on two contrasting sterytopes of womanhood: the pure, innocent, Madonna character, or the promiscuous and sensual femme fatale. This inspired me to investigate the “Madonna whore complex”, which is a pattern of thought that divides women into these two mutually exclusive categories. My collection rejects this false dichotomy; providing clothes for a multifaceted modern woman.

“Fashion should be a form of escapism, and not a form of imprisonment.”
Accessory DesignAward NomineeFashion DesignFashion ImageTextilesWomenswear
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