Sometimes I Really Hate Fashion (But Really I Don't)
This womenswear collection explores the difficulties of creating fashion during a time of great uncertainty. How do you align your morals with your creative pursuits in an industry that depends on overconsumption? Inspired by abandoned objects in the street and beloved Edwardian postcards, the collection is made using unwanted shirts and wedding dresses. Their existing shapes become new ones, while silk and lace are transformed through embroidery, appliqué and hand-painting before being hand-manipulated into squashed textures and forms. The use of slow hand processes is a conscious response to the relentless pace of fashion: creating a deeper emotional connection with each garment at a time when we are producing, consuming and disposing more and more, faster and faster. The garments are purposely contradictory, just as making clothes in these unsettling times feels: precious and destroyed, delicate and crushed, reused but wasteful.