“I think that it’s important to look at and question how people are using and disposing of clothes.”
For Chapman, this process became a way to talk about the larger issues that are surrounding fashion consumption: “I think that it’s important to look at and question how people are using and disposing of clothes. It’s about looking at not only how we interact with pieces, but also how we, as creators, design pieces to instigate the way in which people are using and layering them, adding longevity to their use. In my opinion, looking at how people interact with garments is just as important to the subject of sustainability as the sourcing of materials that the clothes are made out of.” Consequently, the designer focused in her collection on creating a modular system that allows and encourages its wearer to experiment with the garments through a set of small adaptable pieces made entirely from deadstock fabrics and leathers, which can be assembled and layered in endless ways.
Another focal point was building a strong representation of femininity without designing menswear-inspired pieces, which are often used to get this message across. “Rather than just doing ‘strong’ suits, I wanted to create a rigid silhouette that also really engages with the female body, reveals certain parts of it, and frames it in a very powerful way.” The designer was particularly inspired by the abstract metal sculptures created by Simon Gaiger’s simplistic and fluid shapes which, she says, embody her own sense of femininity.