The Bande range (Bande meaning ‘Stripe’ in French) is the first collection of couture lingerie from the 901 London brand. The numbers 9, 0 and 1 are taken from the birth year of my great grandmother whom was a lingerie designer, born 1901, in Lebanon. This brand is an extension of her legacy.
The Bande range was inspired by the architecture of Zaha Hidid, Walter Burley Giffin, John M Johnson and the monochromatic, architectural photography of Jared Lim.
I have always been inspired by architecture and am fascinated by the Nolli plans and figure grounds. This is what inspired the graphic leaver’s lace in my collection.
The corsetry and weaving became my method of representing the lines that I see in architecture. I challenged myself to look for innovative construction methods to ensure that the garments remained for the luxury market and managed to source high quality microfiber & silk.
I like to think that I design simple shapes that are then transformed into something beautiful with the irregular double weaves; however, I’m particularly pleased with the use of graphic colour contrasts and lace panel detailing.
I believe this collection to be an honest representation of myself as it is feminine, but in a modern and graphic way. Without the need to commercialise too much, it remains elegant and edgy at the same time.
London College of Fashion BA (HONS) Fashion Contour | First Class | Bachelors Degree
First Class | Diploma
Central Saint Martin’s Art Foundation Degree.
La Perla | Design assistant intern
Myla| Assistant for Myla Couture range
Courtaulds| T33 Assistant Junior Designer
Enamore & Leurre| Internship as Assistant designer
Vivienne Westwood| Internship at Red & Gold Label
HONOURS & AWARDS|
2nd Place at Mare Di Moda Lingerie link award
Finalist for Lingerie Link Award
Mare Di Moda, Canne
British Fashion Council
Featured in graduate preview week
Graduate diffusion line, collaboration with Saskia Dixie featured on Vogue.co.uk
Triumph Inspiration award
Awarded 3rd place in national competition
Lingerie Collective Trade show
Shortlisted for Lingerie Collective trade show & garments featured on Lingerie Insight.