Fiona Carroll, final year fashion design student at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Day 41: Today I changed my line-up for the hundredth time and listened to Unchained Melody six times in a row. I checked my planner this morning and saw that in a different world, in a different dimension that doesn’t exist anymore, I was supposed to have half my graduate collection completed two days ago. I currently have one jacket and some toiles, and no clear completion date in sight. The collection was always supposed to be a response to the current state of the fashion industry: The devastating environmental impact, the over-production, its relentless pace. I was upcycling unwanted materials and making a conscious effort to use time-consuming hand processes; to slow down. Now, suddenly every one has no choice but to do the same. I wonder what this will mean for fashion: will we finally see some much-needed change or just a return to the same excess? I have time now to experiment more, to re-design and reconsider my work; maybe I will have a completely different collection than the one I would have had in normal circumstances. I have no idea when the collection will be finished, or what jobs there will be there to pursue after graduation. For now, I am just trying to focus on enjoying the process, because there’s not really a whole lot more that I can do. I really miss my friends and the scones in the college canteen.