I’m a fashion student at Norwich University of the Arts, having just completed my first year on the fashion course. I’ve been drawing my ideas since I was small and have only just started transforming my designs into reality. I’m constantly learning new things about myself as I grow as a designer, maker and artist. I’m enjoying my journey into the fashion world one step at a time and look forward to seeing where it takes me.
Tell us about the outfit. What did you use and what was your thought process behind it?
For the summer, I wanted to challenge myself by repurposing secondhand ties into brand new creations. I’ve always loved a tacky tie and throwing clashing colours and patterns against one another. It was only after making a bag out of ties to carry my sketchbooks in for the new academic year did I come up with the idea to incorporate ties into the garments for the redo-Norfolk project. By chopping up and reconstructing a suit with the ties as added embellished details, I reinvented the classic office-wear ensemble into a new anarchic form. Working with materials supplied by the NANSA second hand shop, an organisation dedicated towards making positive change for those with special educational needs and purposes, also provided another layer of influence on the final outcome. The clashing patterns and colours of the ties incorporated into the garment symbolise the wide range of traits, strengths and challenges of those within the neurodivergent spectrum.
What is sustainable fashion for you?
Sustainable fashion is the future of the commercial consumption of clothing. Excuses can no longer be made about the production of the clothing we wear today and no one can claim to be ignorant about what happens to the vast majority of clothing that is produced today both before and after purchase. Buying second hand and rethinking your first hand purchases will make a huge difference in the way the fashion industry currently functions. Things need to change and it can start with us.
What is your hope for the future of fashion?
want to witness and contribute to the change in the fashion industry. Things cannot continue the way that they are- it’s a terrifying truth but also a truth full of possibility and hope. I want to see this industry change for the better and I know there are countless others who want the same. I anticipate the turning point of the fashion world with crossed fingers.