What was the starting point for your final collection?
My work revolves around a fascination with the way that graphics and colour react on the body with movement. I’m interested in camouflage, disruptive patterns and visual trickery. I’ve explored this through a series of live experiments using light, paint and textiles on the body in combination with experimental photography.
How did your idea develop?
These experiments inspired further exploration of fabric innovation, and resulted in my development of a kinetic textile which reacts and responds to body movement. I believe in the importance of understanding and appreciating the relationship between textile and garment, with the harmony between the two allowing for every piece to be completely unique to its purpose. The relationship between garment and wearer creates a distinct yet transitory reaction with every movement.
The end result of utilising the kinetic fabrics was that each garment became an investigation into human interaction with clothing and motion. The body is integral to the final aesthetic, the full experience of the garment is only completed when worn. What the development and use of this new fabric enabled me to present, is a new clothing experience with multi-faceted garments that react to each body type and are therefore fully personal to the wearer.