April Elizabeth Travell
April Elizabeth Travell’s exciting debut collection for SS11 ‘ascetics and asceticism’ pays homage to Queen Marie Antoinette. Drawing inspiration from the Baroque and Rococo period, SS11 embodies all that is feminine mixed with juxtaposition of old and new styles.
Experimental use of fabrics are applied through out; combining radical hand aged fabric, layered frayed edges mixed with leather and fine silks. Detailing is inspired by French and English traditional costume along side whalebone corsetry from the 18th century. This is mixed with a simplistic modern silhouette, for a more contemporary, and fresh take on women’s wear.
Soft and elegant colours are inspired, from the rich colour palette of Versailles, and Baroque paintings. These are displayed through a heavy mix of printing and dye techniques, to produce an eclectic mix of styles that work together harmoniously. Hand printed garments and huge attention to detail make the collection a relaxed, luxurious, dreamy, feminine range, appealing to a woman who exemplifies all these attributes.