“THERE ARE NO RULES TO FOLLOW.”
L’indefini-Trash symbolises wasteful human behaviour and the pervasive trash bags of New York City. By redefining daily objects, she wanted people to realise the impact of the modern day fashion industry creating waste, emptying it onto the streets, only to be accepted as part of the city’s landscape. Waterproof nylon, chosen to represent a trash bag, creates an illusion of impracticality, when in fact it is a fully functional raincoat. As well as using waterproof nylon, she collected scrap materials such as paper, lace, and laundry tags to sew onto the garment for authenticity. To add to this, she even draped real trash bags on a model, transforming them into wearable garments. The simple and restricted use of black, red, and white in her designs are drawn from personal experiences. “Actually everything about me is black; it protects me.” The starting point of Liya’s thesis collection came from her desire to hide herself with the absence of colour, which was what led her to the Trash Mountain. From that, she began researching and photographing trash around different areas in New York City and finalised her colour palette. After visiting the Trash Mountain, she put herself into a trash bag to evoke a feeling of invisibility.
Recently, Liya has been preparing her own brand, and is currently working for some companies in and around New York City as a freelance designer in order to gain more experience. She wishes to soon finish her AW16 collection and move back to London to have her first show. “When I am designing, I feel freedom,” she concludes, looking ahead to the future. “There are no rules to follow.”