Glitter with Substance
The intention of the collection intends to expose exploitation through the imposition of westernisation by rebelling against it, through designing a revolutionary combatant style. In wanting to learn more about my partner and his family’s background, being from the Democratic Republic of Congo, I read such books as Adam Hochschild’s ‘King Leopold’s Ghosts’ and Chancellor William’s ‘The Destruction of Black Civilisation. With the history, corruption and traditions of the Congo, I was deeply inspired and very passionate to learn more on a personal level and to develop this through a design process. The clothing will make evident the conflict between the Western and African culture by deconstructing and then fusing the elements together in a contrasting way. Looking at the Black Panther’s in particular on how their uniform portrayed their revolutionary message and why is it important to focal point the corruption of westernisation? By juxtaposing the Western culture with the African culture, combining the traditions of the Congo, the zig-zag design, by bonding fabrics together and rastering the zig-zag pattern through on the laser cutting machine onto staple western pieces and silhouettes; the clothing is then heavily embellished with gold paperclips, ring pulls and safety pins, giving it a hand crafted, individual look. The pieces make a statement, with an exaggerated style and excessive colour palette.
Being in touch with historical, cultural and modern day issues with the world, my sources of inspiration are enriched with juxtoposing elements creating a strong statement with bold pieces. Exploring different ways to manipulate fabrics, creating something new and interesting out of mundane every day things; with ring pulls and paper clips being highly used in the current collection.
Always keen to rebel in an unexpected way...
Graduated with a First Class Honours Degree
Interned for ioannisdimitrosis 2009
Illustrated shows for David Koma and William Tempest at Vauxhall Fashion Scout 2009
Press Show participant 2012
Cutler and Gross Finalist
Barrett and Lawson Trimmings Award Finalist
2D to 3D realisation
Researching & Referencing
Drawing & Technical Drawings
Silk Screen Printing
Basic Pattern Cutting
Specialised Machinery: Tanaka and Laser Cut machines
British Fashion Council short list graduate
Tigi Hair Competition
Commissioned to produce two outfits
British Fashion Council
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
Creative Director. Rob Phillips.
Photography. Hill & Aubrey
Beauty: Pace Chen
Models: Charyse Ebenga & Breeny Lee
Patchwork Shift dress: consist of iridescent organza bonded to wool using the tanaka machine (creating the fuzzy bonded fabric), iridescent organza bonded to checked wax cotton using the tanaka machine then rastered with a zig-zag pattern on the laser cut machine (creating the zig-zag fabric), paperclips are hand sewn onto the fuzzy bonded fabrics and ring pulls are hand sewn onto the fuzzy bonded fabric also.
Armour Cropped Top and Patchwork Pencil Skirt:
Top: consist of bonded iridescent organza and wool done with the tanaka machine with safety pins pinned on and ring pulls hand sewn on in rows.
Skirt: consist of iridescent organza bonded to wool using the tanaka machine (creating the fuzzy bonded fabric), iridescent organza bonded to checked wax cotton using the tanaka machine then rastered with a zig-zag pattern on the laser cut machine (creating the zig-zag fabric).
'Cat Patterson’s collection of mermaid green, textured shards of gold that was constructed absolutely amazingly over knitwear, had the stylish shipwreck look down to the most intricate stitch.'
IDOL Magazine @idolmagazine:
'Now we don't like to be gold diggers but we dig cat patterson's gold embellishments'
'Cat Patterson played rough with her textures, combining iridescent fabrics in patchwork formations with safety pin vests.The use of zigzag motifs came from her exploration into the African culture of the Congo. Sleeveless dresses, midi and pencil skirt lengths were popular cuts throughout the whole show.'