Charlotte Cox

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

URBAN SURVIVAL: FINAL COLLECTION

BIO

 

I have always been Inspired by street style, youth culture and emerging trends, so it was a natural progression to create my own twist on urban identity within my final collection.

In previous projects, I've looked at city life: gangs, dance and rave culture and the way different people live amongst an urban jungle.

My final collection is based around Tokyo, as it's the largest city in the world and holds up to 13 million people, with almost 2,000 left homeless and forced to create shelter on the streets. What interested me was the order and precision of the Japanese culture, the streets were spotless and the parks immaculate, there are signs with rules and regulations everywhere and even down to the homeless, their cardboard homes were cleverly constructed amongst the city to fit in with this lifestyle.

I created a minimalistic concept of making something out of nothing. Living amongst a scrap box that transforms and flat packs. The reusable lifestyle that makes the mundane more interesting and noticing the different textures patch-worked together to make an urban home. Combining this with historical contexts of Japan at war I looked at survival in the military equipment and traditional camouflage uniforms. This filtered into my print and construction techniques when it came to the large vacuum packed pockets and bags. I've experimented with different digital print ideas, fabric manipulation, pleating, applique, vinyl and I've created an interesting conceptual approach to luxury street menswear.      

Find out more - Fashion Design BA (Hons)