FASHION & TEXTILES
I explored the theme of Bohemia Botanica and found inspiration from Mary Quant to make a 70s inspired dress, but with a modern twist. The big bow was inspired by the upcoming artist Minju Kim. I also took a spin on the hippie side of Bohemia too as that was a large and important part of the 70s. I made a statement dress to convey the message of love, hate and freeness of the era.
My work is a fresh leaf green two-piece comprising a halter neck top with an appliqued honeysuckle flower on the waistband, and a pair of high waisted palazzo pants lined with emerald green shorts. This piece was inspired by nature, exploring the theme of Bohemia Botanica and what better way to portray that than an all-green outfit styled simply to portray a natural, organic look.
I have constructed a concept garment from newspaper based around the theme 'Overshadowed'. I chose to look at 'Women being Overshadowed by Men in the Business Industry'. I tried to capture a sense of independence and strength within my work. The dress remains feminine, it has curves and flowing shapes as well as being structural and sculptural with a geometric style. As well as this, knowing that all the articles were intertwined with each other and overlapping, we can visualise these stories are overshadowing each other. I tried to illustrate that women can be just as powerful in the workplace whilst remaining feminine. In my illustrations, I used a lot of black and red colour schemes which was inspired deeply by Christian Louboutin and his reasoning of ‘red is more than a colour. It is a symbol of blood, love and passion’.
I focused my project on the 1920s Flapper Era as I had always been intrigued by the glitz and glamour of it! Flappers were known for their energetic freedom and outrageous lifestyles. They inspire me purely because they were strong, independent and misjudged. Flappers were viewed by many as immoral as their dresses resemble slip dresses. They added exquisite jewelry for elegance and often lace which is viewed as being soft and feminine. Coco Chanel, inspired my modern interpretation of the traditional flapper dress.
I chose the Bohemian Botanical theme and looked into 60s interior design, creating a 60s inspired single curtain. Using lightweight floaty fabric, I sewedpleats onto it to give extra detail. I then used illustrator to create an Emilio Puccini inspired digital pattern design and transferred them onto the curtain using transfer paper. My aim was to capture the psychedelic visuals and consciousness of the era.
This piece is about the more creepy, more spiritual side of nature and how witches have harnessed that power to ward off evil. I have created a blue skirt with gold trim with gold witchery symbols painted and embroidered on, and a cropped top with off the shoulder sleeves.
MARIA MAYORAL GALINDO
I chose to explore the theme of compass, and I decided to interpret this with my personal background and the cultures in my family. I’m Italian, Brazilian and Spanish, and I decided to base my final piece off of Brazil and its beautiful rainforests. The hand embroidered animals in my piece are all known regional species in Brazil. I wanted this piece to show the beauty of nature in Brazil and the vibrant colours and various species of plants and animals that can be found in the Amazon rainforest.
My collection is two garments inspired by the pre-Raphaelite art movement. The costumes portray the slow social and political emancipation of the modern women. To complete the outfits I have created delicate but obscuring face masks to effectively anonymise the wearer. Fusing medieval, 17th century, Edwardian with punk era accents (buckles and straps) to create dystopian and futuristic garments. Using very traditional Fabric like shot silk, velvet and leather combined with ultra-modern polyester tulle I’ve encompassed the 1000 years of fabric from natural to synthetic.
My design represents my culture, I believe that cultural heritage evolves and develops as time changes. I have designed this garment by keeping the current trends in mind and still managing to incorporate the real essence of my cultural heritage. The puffed sleeves are a real statement in the garment as they are on trend, I have kept the colour scheme of this garment very minimalistic yet quiet bold and elegant.
I have upcycled a Jacket inspired by the 70’s era through a combination of embroidered patchwork using light and dark shades of leather, finished off with a bright embroidered sunflower across the right side. My design also features the words ‘flower power’ embroidered with white thread along the back, in reference to the early seventies popular slogan which was used as a symbol of passive resistance from and non violence ideology.
My denim patchwork hooded jacket is inspired by modern architecture with a hint of street wear from japan and around the world. It features an oversized look with a zip and a hood, the jacket is made from recycled denim and old jeans which has been made into patterns for a hooded jacket.