The concept for my collection 'A Multitude of Hybrids' derived from my culture; looking into the meanings behind Composite Hindu Gods and through further research into the myths and stories of Medieval Bestiaries. I was intrigued by the stories about all of these beautiful and mythical creatures and so began to focus my attention on the exciting textures used.
Through expressive mark making i created print ideas that were reminiscent of the textures of these creatures. All prints were hand screen printed using a variety of techniques including discharge, colour discharge, pigment and foil. Discharge print technique holds great significance through collection to echo concept of reincarnation. The concept of hybrids was emphasised through the use of specialist Tanaka machinery to create embroidery on the front and back of each garment to merge fabrics together. Silhouettes were inspired by contemporary sportswear providing a youthful and urban feeling to contrast with the traditional craft processes used. Fabric and colour choices derived from initial sourcing in India to echo wealth of culture and contemporary sportswear to modernise traditional and almost expected combinations.
Article and interview on Couture Troopers online magazine:
XO Magazine - CharliXCX
Sunglasses (red and orange frame with yellow fringe) from SS13 collection used
Photography: Rob Jarvis
Styling: Rachel Holland
Make Up: Michelle Webb from 1st Option Mac Pro
Hair: Tomoyuki Otsuka at Earth Salon
Photography : Penny Tu (http://pennytu.tumblr.com/)
Make up and Hair: Ellis Liu
Styling assistant: Eunji Amy Shin (http://between-calm-and-passion.blogspot.co.uk)
Model: Anna Palamarchuk