UOG FASHION DESIGN STUDENT
The goal is good design backed by good practice, and never one without the other
We, just like garments, weather with time. Our scars and remnants of something that caused pain or injury are often the very things we like to cover up and hide. But after some research into the beauty of repair work, I discovered that our bodies, hearts and even garments can be repaired in a way that makes everything stronger and more beautiful than it ever used to be. Kintsugi is a Japanese art of taking something broken, like pottery and then through a mixture of precious metals, the pieces are put back together. They repair to such a point that its brokenness becomes part of the beautiful history.
In this collection, brokenness is not disguised but enhanced, through a theme of golden threads and buttons to tie everything together. Like broken bones that heal stronger than before and scar tissue that is stronger than skin this outfit shows off a strength out of brokenness.
SUSTAINABLE AND ETHICAL DESIGN
What if we bought clothes that counted for something?
What if we made more purchases that deflected beauty onto others rather than just ourselves? So that when somebody says, ‘that looks good on you’, we could share who made it so.
What if fashion wasn’t just about making ourselves look good?
What if our clothes spoke love deeply, right down to its thread and fibre? We love to wear our empowerment T-shirts, so let me ask, who did it empower and whose story did it tell?
My dream is to find a way to answer each of those questions with confidence. That fashion could be more than just for me, but to truly bless another too.
I’m working on it, to make every outfit count. To share stories not just of style but of grace lavished, beauty bestowed, confidence given and value added.
THE BOX DRESS
"I'LL BOX UP MY DREAMS AND SHARE THEM WITH YOU"
EMBROIDERED POETRY STRAPS SEWN ONTO HANDMADE MERINO WOOL FELT
"THINE EYES SAW MY UNFORMED SUBSTANCE, AND IN THY BOOK ALL MY DAYS WERE WRITTEN"
It all started with a huge crush on Velvet. I designed and made a collection of velour garments as an endeavour to push myself into the fashion industry and make money for my then upcoming move to India. It was a huge learning experience.
VISAGE COLLECTIVE-INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE
Visage Collective, founded by Lilliana Silva, is a business I have helped set up with fellow fashion enthusiasts with a strong desire to add value to artisans and makers in the supply chain. We connect conscious shoppers to artisans and products from around the world.
My involvement as the Product Director has been to find and source new product lines either with a small brand or to add a product line myself that is in line with our vision.
Over the past year, I have discovered the world of Illustrator and Photoshop as a way of communicating visual illustration, digitally. It is not a software I had been familiar with before my degree but I am glad to present digital illustrations showing my newly acquired skills.