Where did your primary inspiration come from?
Curiosity is key to my identity, work, direction, and everyday life. I have always been a curious person, creating random pieces out of anything that I could find. Exploring the body and its intricate shape led me to create body-focused sculptures, which became a natural process I enjoyed. Every collection is a journey that starts in the most surprising places and continues into new ventures.
The approach to design at the RCA is very liberal and individual, with students being encouraged to create their own research. How did you do this, and how has it affected the way you interpret a concept?
The RCA has truly changed my view on fashion and way of thinking, as well as my research methods. Working with talented people from different disciplines was an empowering experience in finding new ways of research and experimentation. This led to discussions that brought in new ideas, notions, and meanings. I had the opportunity to work on a ‘bioLogic’ project with MIT Media Lab, where fashion and science came together to create new transforming garments. My experience working with scientists inspired me to work towards the future of fashion and make these dreams a reality.
Can you speak about the significance of experimentation and development?
The experience both at the RCA and MIT led me to experiment more with new materials and approaches, which influenced my design path. My aim is to balance innovative and traditional material development. Material development gives new meaning to my designs. I am fascinated by the relationship between body and material: approaching design from a liquid perspective and experimenting in order to reach the other end of the spectrum, merged with science. I looked into body temperature and natural perspiration stimulated polymer-based fluid prints, which adapt to human body shapes and become a second skin. This liquid material, which shifts into a new form of textile, has a strong relation to the body. The new meaning of nourishing the garment with the natural stimulus creates an experimental sense of intimacy.