Yesterday I sent my graduate collection (aka my baby) down the catwalk for the first time! I was selected by the industry panel to be part of the Ravensbourne show at Graduate Fashion Week housed in the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Never have I been more nervous, but from what I could see back stage, the show ran smoothly & everyones collections looked amazing!
Not all the footage has surfaced yet, but below you can see some initial shots of my collection on the catwalk.
Named 'Pretty Lost' the collection is derived from the aesthetic mutilation practiced by certain tribal women, in order to prevent themselves for being taken by men from the mainland or other tribes. Women pierce and stretch their skin, and tattoo their faces in order to look unappealing. The collection has an angry hap-hazard energy;
It feels the power of a person who knows their value has no connection to their skin.
Traditional draping techniques are combined with innovative pattern cutting to construct the collection. Pure copper is forged to restrict and pierce the fabric, creating silhouettes that are stretched and pulled out of the original form.
I wanted to create a look that is subtle, understated and sophisticated, that could become a uniform for the achingly cool women of London. The aspiration of beauty has been given importance for women all over the world, this collection rejects that idea, its for the woman who doesn't feel the need to conform to societies view of beautiful.