Raabia Arif

CONCEPT RESEARCH

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

PHOTOSHOOT EDIT

PHOTOSHOOT EDIT

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK 2017

CONCEPT RESEARCH

DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

PHOTOSHOOT EDIT

PHOTOSHOOT EDIT

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK 2017

SPLINTERING OF THE MIND

BIO

My concept stemmed from the initial focus of my Capsule collection of peeling back physical fabric layers to reveal the naked form in its vulnerable state. This then developed into the psychological layers of the mind and their gradual deterioration when an individual is experiencing mental health issues and the vulnerability this entails. Everybody experiences difficulties with their health however I wish to study the intensity of the escalation of the mental spectrum. As someone who believes every individual suffers from mental health issues to an extent with certain life experiences and situations resulting in a downward spiral. I wish to focus my research in archive photography from the early 1900’s psychiatric asylum focusing on the patients and their behaviour/ movement in the imagery. The aim of the collection is to almost catalogue this deterioration and represent this in an illustrative way in the format of a print.

My chosen fabric of crinoline (crine nylon) is significant to my design aesthetic as it in itself is a design element used to inform my design development. Both the limitations of the fabric and the strengths in its sculptural nature are used to portray the draped dishevelled but also highly clinical and dehumanising elements of an asylum and its patients. Its translucence allows you to see the human form and therefore vulnerability of the human body as if it was the stripping of the mind but it is a hard almost harsh fabric that is unforgiving and extremely difficult to manipulate. I enjoy using challenging fabrics in innovative ways and as l want to portray my brand as subtly avant-garde and a backdrop for these intricate drawings which illustrate the tight coiling and grip of the psyche on sanity.

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