We are now experiencing an environmental crisis, where consumers are now looking for more sustainable options from the fashion industry; this was the starting point for my graduate womenswear collection. After observing “Venus of the Rags” by Michelangelo Pistiletto at the Tate gallery, this influenced my vision of re-purposing materials to create inspiring pieces for a more sustainable future. For me, this piece of art portrays the unrecognised beauty of what we already possess.
My collection 'Sustain and Transform' takes inspiration from my Nan, an ex-seamstress of military parachutes, who constructed her own wedding dress from parachute silk. As a sustainable designer, my focus was to prevent resources from going to landfill by transforming pre-owned garments/materials into innovative, up-cycled, statement pieces. In the hope that consumers will appreciate and value the forgotten skill of dressmaking and move on from the generation of throwaway fashion.My textiles research explores various up-cycle/repair techniques with patchwork, darning and Sashiko as my initial focus. However, through sampling and mark-making, my patchwork motifs translated through into print designs that are featured throughout my collection and provide an urban graphic style.