“I start from the fabrics and I aim to create fashion that is neutral in such a way that each person can add his or her own personality to it. It’s about fashion that doesn’t overwhelm your own personality.” – Dries Van Noten
Fabrics can evoke a mood, a style, a feeling…..in a constant six month cycle, designers are forever searching for the ‘new’. What sets designers apart is not only the way they cut but their approach to fabric and colour and how this influences their design process from the early stages to the final product. Designers at a luxury level develop many of their own fabrics which further give the house a unique brand identity.
Fabrics for tailoring are often beautifully subtle, high quality and challenge the conventional. Current examples of modern yet classic tailoring can be seen in Celine, Givenchy and Jill Sander A/W 2015 collections.
Throughout my exploration of fabric manipulation and innovation I aimed to create a collection for Autumn/Winter 2016 incorporating my strongest fabrics from my experimentation. The collection should consist of 6 outfits, predominantly tailored pieces. In terms of market research I aim to target my collection within the realms of luxury design house level (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Celine, Calvin Klein etc.), whilst aiming my pieces at a stylish and style conscious working woman.
Inspiration for my collection and textiles was drawn from a number of different directions. I was predominantly inspired by Ibiza and the bohemian style that it is iconic for. This further inspired an interest for the origins of bohemian trends and in-depth research into original national dress.
I focused on experimental knitwear and weaving for my textile innovation. I worked on the knit machine, using the ‘E-wrap’ technique, to create some tactile and interesting fabrics – visually associating with my bohemian inspiration in terms of spontaneity and intentional ‘messyness’.