London based Womenswear designer, strong focus on craft enhanced by creative pattern-cutting.
London College of Fashion:
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham,Surrey.
Foundation Dipolma: Fashion and Textiles
St John the Baptist Sixth Form:
9 A/AS Levels A-C
Topshop: Design Role/ Assisting Tailoring Designers
Jonathan Saunders: Pattern Cutting / Production Intern
Tatty Devine: Studio assistant
Davina Hawthorne: Studio assistant
Originating from a desire to achieve both pattern and texture from my designs, I adopted the unique craft of patchwork. I looked at the Amish Lancaster quilts for colour inspiration and fused this colour saturated pallette with fresh pastels and fluros from the British 80's 'street' look. With contextual research exploring 70's fashions and fads (an era that has earned itself the title of 'Fashion's Wasteland' and the 'Decade style forgot), I found much enjoyment in analysing the fashion 'faux-pas' and novelty of Glam Rock dress, and the contrast with the mass-produced world of catalogue clothing.
The technique of patchwork for me contains heritage, creativity and individuality ,patching each section of fabric together separately. My collection was made predominately of silks - taffetas, crepe de chines, sand-washed and satins. The use of the different types of silk cut on different angles, complemented by pattern and colour, is what I have found most enjoyable in making my collection. I have recently designed a range of digitally printed silk scarves to accompany my collection ,along with a selection of perspex patchwork visors for the LCF Press show ,which I have found exciting to design. The end result has been bold, impactful and vibrant!
The intention of the collection has been achieved in the production of a range which is wearable in the most practical sense- yet stand-out in its colours and craft.