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Hives

2016

Clothing can provide a strong, visual aid to narrative, giving context to both the setting and the character. Through my theoretical studies in college, I’ve explored the relationship between storytelling and fashion, regarding both the outer and inner state of a character. This study has been the driving force for my degree collection, which has been inspired by the gradual controlled revelation in storytelling.Taking visual inspiration from a form of emotional, mental storytelling –confessional poetry – the work of poetess Sylvia Plath became a huge influence on my collections aesthetic. Drawn to her dreamy, surreal imagery of honey, beehives and sweets, this playful womenswear collection toys with the ideas of young, feminine vulnerability in off whites, candy pinks and warm yellows. Juxtaposing this is the exploration of Plath’s underlying confessions of oppression and anxiety. Textures and forms are derived from these revelations in the form of knit and unfolding garments.

all five looks
look 1
look 1

Look 1

Machine knitted skirt and jumper in pink poly-cotton mix. Folding handbag in yellow felt and peach Japanese spacer with magnetic fasteners, hidden pocket and zip detail.

Look 2

Machine knitted jumper in orange poly-cotton mix. Hand knitted cowl in yellow Marino wool. Flared culottes in ivory neoprene and peach Japanese spacer with orange top stitching detail and invisible zip. Detachable pocket/bag in peach Japanese spacer and ivory neoprene with hidden pocket, zip and orange top stitching detail.

look 3

Look 3

Machine knitted jumper in pink poly-cotton mix Hand-knitted vest in pale pink Marino wool Short culottes in ivory neoprene and peach Japanese spacer with inverted pleat detail, invisible zip and orange top stitching detail Folding handbag in yellow felt with magnetic fasteners, hidden pocket and zip detail.

Look 4

Machine knitted sleeves in yellow poly-cotton mix Hand-knitted over-sized yellow jumper in Marino wool. Flared culottes in yellow wool & ivory neoprene with orange top stitching detail & invisible zip. Detachable pocket/bag in yellow wool with magnetic fasteners, hidden pocket, zip & orange top stitching detail.

look 5

Look 5

Machine knitted jumper in orange & white poly-cotton mix. Hand-knitted cowl & hand muff in pale pink Marino wool. A - line skirt & apron in peach Japanese spacer with yellow felt detail, invisible zip & orange top stitching detail.