My final major project was inspired by packaging design and how boxes can be deconstructed and reconstructed. The garments are fully deconstruct-able and are able to lie flat, including the darts. Each panel is interchangeable and they are fastened together via a series of screws and washers, and tabs. My general aesthetic is very tailored, and I looked into the thought processes of pattern cutting and construction, which influenced my print and textile ideas. The fabrics that I have used are a mixture of bonded felts to cotton drill and shirting fabrics. The whole collection has been made completely by hand from the bonding, cutting, hole making, painting and embellishment. The collection has an androgynous feel to it and although it is a womenswear collection, the garments are reinventions of classical men’s pieces.
The collection would be sold in a store like a Lego concept. You would choose your panels, collect your screws and instruction manuals and then head home and make it. The time it takes to make up a garment depends on its complexity, but they don’t take any longer to make than a normal piece of furniture.