My collection, 'Fubar' (a military term standing for 'F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition'), has been informed by my interest in deconstructing and repurposing military equipment and sportswear using parachutes, tents and kit bags alongside football tops from my childhood.
This collection takes aspects of traditional, utilitarian menswear and applies innovative pattern-cutting techniques, highlighting functionality and adjustability. Through taking silhouettes from aerial drone shots of military bases and terrain maps, the collection is designed to be flat-laying and to become distorted and volimunous when worn.
When exploring my interest in military surplus, I found that damaged military equipment is frequently discarded. Through discussions with a family friend in the military, I was able to source an array of damaged parachutes, tents, kit bags and jackets to deconstruct and rework.
Paying homage to my football-heavy childhood, another key aspect of my collection was the use of up-cycled football tops that I wore during my early years. As a contrast to the military tones that make up the most of my collection, the synthetic colours found in football tops will be panelled with my own digitally printed sports mesh.
This collection was mainly made up from over-dyed technical fabrics with technical fastenings and pulleys. Each of the outerwear pieces also featured aspects taken from old military equipment and details include gun metal zips, poppers and taping taken from old bags. The sports tops also featured details such as over-dyed rib and thumbholes.