BA Hons, Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.
- Work Experience
Independent fashion design, both men’s and women’s wear.
Sales and Marketing
With photographers and other designers.
- Key Skills
Creative, good attention to detail, resourceful, experimental and thorough.
- Additional Highlights
Exhibitions / Fashion Shows / Press
- Photo shoot for November edition of FUSSED, online magazine, October 2011
- Featured in The Trend Boutique, online reviews publication, August 2011
- Photo shoot for Guy Kremer Hair Salon, Winchester, August 2011
- Photo shoot for Roberta of M+P Models
- Winchester School of Art, Graduate Fashion Show at The Truman Brewery, London, July 2011
- Community Fashion Show at The Point, Eastleigh, July 2011
- Winchester School of Art, University Exhibition, July 2011
- Winchester School of Art, Graduate Fashion Show at Winchester Great Hall, June 2011
Bora Aksu, Teatum Jones, Robert Carey-Williams, Aitor Throup, Felder Felder, Jil Sander.
For those yet to discover you, how would you describe your collection's aesthetic?
The collection is based on the theme of contrast, largely between typical masculine and feminine ideals. The initial areas of research stemmed from bikers and their protective motor-cycle leathers alongside Ballet dancers and their delicate costumes. I wanted to bring the two opposites together in a way that enhanced their distinctiveness yet worked harmoniously as one; creating a feeling of juxtaposition and coalescence
What's your earliest fashion memory, when did you first realise it was what you wanted to do?
My mum was probably my initial inspiration; she made a lot of clothes for me and my siblings when we were little. My earliest fashion related memory is watching her sew; I was fascinated by the vastness of fashion design and the mystery of how fabrics could be manipulated and constructed into 3D forms. It was also the idea that fashion is wearable art – how satisfying it is to see your creations being worn and enjoyed by others.
What character traits do you feel have helped you to get to this point?
A very hard working attitude and positivity within myself.
What motivates you?
Anything that inspires me provides motivation; from success stories to London Fashion Week and my favourite designers to anything that triggers a design idea. And to be honest, money is of course a motivation. Fashion is how I want to make my living.
How would you describe your personal style?
At the moment, it would be hard to define. I like to be experimental and I am naturally a very open-minded person. I apply this versatility and resourcefulness to my design ethos; open to change and progression. With my collection, although I am confident with the ideas and design concepts, I am content with it being the beginning of an idea instead of a final outcome with a specific style. It is a very adaptable collection and I plan to develop my personal style using it as a starting point.
What's exciting to you in fashion and music right now?
A new fabric shop I found. Fabric shops are the place to go for inspiration.