“It is quite exciting when you’re just researching in random areas, whether it’s literature, architecture, or art, and then you find something and you’re like, wait, this is perfect for my project.” – Alba Mas Amoros
In the final year, Amoros realised that fashion had become an all-consuming force in her life and was no longer sustainable. “It was quite challenging at first, but I set strict work boundaries, and it made me more focused in the hours that I was there.” She worked between 8:30am and 5pm and in downtime saw friends, read classic fiction literature, and visited museums. “It gave me time to step back and reflect on what I had been doing during the day and gave my mind a break from being focused on my project constantly. It was refreshing and made me appreciate the work I was doing more.”
The creative process involves research and experiences outside of fashion. “It is quite exciting when you’re just researching in random areas, whether it’s literature, architecture, or art, and then you find something and you’re like, wait, this is perfect for my project.” Amoros creates a fine art representation of her idea, which becomes 3D in her mind, and is then translated into the silhouettes and drapes of a design. Throughout the process, reflection is very important. “What is happening in my personal life? What is happening in my surroundings? What am I spending my time on? What am I looking at?” Despite being highly conceptual, Amoros’s designs are very connected to her personal life. Her graduate collection was inspired by the relationship between her room and herself. Looking at colours, materials, and objects surrounding her, she investigated the relationship between objects and people and thought about how she could reverse these roles, making objects more dynamic.
“My main focus was to see what the essence of my work would be and what the best way was to translate it. It didn’t cross my mind whether it would apply to the industry.” – Alba Mas Amoros