My work explores the themes and imagery of self-protection, defiance and resilience in Grimms’ fairytales. Briar Rose, Rapunzel and The Twelve Dancing Princesses are models in establishing the type of audacious, romantic woman wearing the collection. These idealised young women overcome entrapment, briar thickets and vengeance before realising their fate. Each piece comprises layers of silks and tulle, with leather and acrylic providing both embellishment and armour. Laser-cutting, varnishing, and perspex-moulding are some of the key processes that drive the work, making it distinctive. The result is a dramatic, avant-garde collection, envisaged as bespoke womenswear.