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The 2021 Collection

The concept behind the collection is confinement, incarceration and being a prisoner in more than one way. I also drew on themes from the Law of Dependent Origination such as innocence, consciousness, the 4 elements, craving and rebirth. These concepts are reflected in the pieces through silhouettes and details. The body-con pieces are reflective for me as stages of feeling, craving, desires for feeling, and clinging to. These ideas are also reflected in the fabrication: a tricot that is made from recycled plastic bottles (death and rebirth), bamboo jersey, tencel and cupro are some of the sustainable fabrics in the collection. Ahimsa silk (peace silk) is another fabric used in some of the details in the collection. The skeleton hands will be 3D printed molds, sewn onto the dress. The vest, which is one of the menswear inspired pieces has tails in the front, mimicking the leaves on a sacred fig tree. There are two other menswear inspired pieces: a woven with chainmail fabric cutouts and a high-waisted, wide leg trouser. The long t-shirt is a sheer silk jersey, gathered with seams on outside of arms and a short mock neck turtleneck. The tube dress has a sheer chiffon overlay while the asymmetrical dress has a bodice cutout, both featuring a tricot made with recycled plastic bottles. The squared neckline of the Top is inspired by the necklines of the 16th century. The Cocoon Cape, done in a boiled wool with patch pockets. The second piece of outerwear is a coat in a soft hand twill that drapes over the wearer in a brick red. The mini skirt, with an exposed zipper and step hem is also done in a twill. 

The names of each style are numbers, which are also embroidered on each garment.