Looking to a mix of inspiration for this autumn winter garment, combining eighties fashion style’s with a feminine dance theme and Dutch fashion art for the runway look.
The design is a one piece dress, constructed to look like a separate top and skirt. The top half of the bodice has a shawl button up collar, dolman sleeve and a waistband that flows to a tulip flower skirt constructed from eight petal panels. Each petal panel in the skirt overlaps to create the tulip flower silhouette. The dress is made from pure wool crepe in two colour-ways and the skirt petals are lined with acetate.
Runway looks are extravagant, often bright and over the top, whilst ready to wear offers a daily refined style and look.
After working in textiles as a Graphic Designer, I qualified with a diploma in Fashion Design. Designing for Melbourne Fashion Week’s upcycle fashion program, I designed a womenswear look to the theme Kinship, sourcing pre-used denim and redesigning the garments into a patchwork embroidered spring summer jacket.
Upcycling is a good opportunity for a brand to invest in sustainability, as fabrics from existing garments can easily be repurposed into new garments at an inexpensive cost. Even if these garments are one-off designer creations, which is what the process mostly suits.
Relocating to London to work in fashion and the media and to promote my design’s, I learnt, if you work in a creative industry, the best approach is to do everything yourself initially. Only collaborate with professionals who are qualified and already established in their field of expertise as a serious pursuit.
While freelancing as a Graphic Designer for retailers Jimmy Choo and Agent Provocateur in the UK, I designed a fashion collection of digitally printed silk womenswear garments.
The silk was sourced from a supplier in India where the textile designs were printed and the garments were made in Melbourne. I designed a collection of six pieces in Melbourne and the follow-up collection of five pieces in London.
In terms of mass production, digital printing on fabric is costly, although advantageous for boutique orders. Digital fabric printing creates a bright, highly saturated level of colour and detail on the textile.