As a designer from an international background, my collection challenges the perception of East and West and aims to blur the cultural differences to the extent of creating a hybrid aesthetic that belongs to neither.
The theme: Cultural Larceny, identifies the aesthetics stolen from the East and adopted by the West in the establishment of their Imperial culture during the Victorian Era. I am interested in how the West perceives the East and their depictions of exotic oddities within Aesthetic Art. The concept of stealing is emphasized through the exploration of Victorian criminals and their shifting identities.
Fluidity, ambiguity and revealed construction are key elements within the collection. My work demonstrates the use of interesting pattern cutting techniques and details to describe the amalgamation of various cultures.