Labour Behind the Label

Recently I was fortunate enough to be involved with Love the Future which hosted a series of sustainable fashion shows. It took place in the Lantern at the Coltson Hall, Bristol.  My first contact was to have my Graduate Fashion Show collection re-aired in a new venue. This collection was generated over 6 months full time study on a BA hons Fashion course finishing this year in June 2015.

At concept level eco-ethics were engaged to influence design and fabric choice, remembering to include vary-fit and quality sustainable fabrics to reduce undamaged discard. Other considerations were to extend the wearable season and occasion whilst reducing actual amount of garments in the wardrobe.

Inspiration was drawn from the urban myth that Albert Einstein had five identical suits. While the colour palette came from a nature photograph, which evoked thoughts of Cornish smugglers and the corruption that bled through society. Whereas metal finishes, strength, decorative seams and clean lines were stimulated by the interior view of the Dali Museum, which celebrates it’s contemporary construction revealing some of it’s bones.

Garment design was achieved though manipulating second-hand garments on the stand. Transforming sketches into garment shape and toiling to correct style lines and fit using recycled fabric where appropriate. Continued artful study of artefact and interpreting images using machine and hand embroidery enhancing with found objects in embellishment.

The resulting collection is timeless style with unique openings and fit solutions. In a reliable capsule wardrobe that gives great style combinations. It’s versatility increased with the reversible nature of key items such as dress, skirt and trousers. In garments with clean unfussy line with dirty tweeds and frayed edges whilst metallically embellished using rustic embroidery.

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I was also asked to design and make two outfits for the Labour Behind the Labour show. The theme was red and blue using recycled fabrics and remenants.

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I chose to recycle the fabrics and make a new textile in the form of patchwork.  Leaving frayed edges and visible joins breaking the smooth finish and highlighting its previous uses in old stitch and dart marks.

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