“I felt pressure from teachers who thought maybe it’s a bit too weird of a topic.”
Entitled ‘Where’s the Curve?’, her MA collection focuses on conspiracy theories and the paranoia they provoke. It felt like a strange theme to pursue. “I felt pressure from teachers who thought maybe it’s a bit too weird of a topic.” Would the fashion industry take her seriously as a designer for creating around the patently false? “I didn’t want to seem crazy,” she says, insisting that despite her soft spot for conspiracy theories, she doesn’t believe in them.
“Conspiracy theories are not very visual, they’re more abstract concepts.”
Once she landed on her topic, she struggled to start researching. “Conspiracy theories are not very visual, they’re more abstract concepts,” she says. At first she envisioned making a collection that was itself a conspiracy, perhaps a metacritique of the fashion industry’s public duplicity. “But it was too conceptual,” she decided, both for her and for Antwerp. So she racked her memory and trawled the internet for other ideas. Within the mythos around extraterrestrials she discovered the Men in Black conspiracy, which contends that the government conceals UFO sightings by sending bureaucratic agents to intimidate all alien-spotters into silence. “Immediately, I thought of office-wear as how to translate that,” she says.