The ideas behind outfit two: the indigo tasselled top and latex on bamboo leggings.
The top is a kind of jacket/top which is soft organic cotton and comfortable against the skin, but durable like denim. The contrast stitching is a nod to denim construction with run and fell seams and an inside which doesn’t require lining.
The embroidery on the front is based on tactile mapping, like braille, the creation of haptic structures. Unlike your average motif printed top, this celebrates hand embroidery and organic growing pattern. The sleeves and waist have piping in latex sheeting, a nod to sportswear, a contrast from the indigo and timeless colour combination.
The suede collar is designed to be changeable to suit individual preference. And the suede waistband perforated to allow the latex and black suede tassels, which could be removed for different occasions, leaving a patterned perforated waistband.
The leggings explore the use of white on white, drawing attention fully to the texture and feel of different fabrics brought together. Outer and lining in bamboo jersey, very soft and comfortable against the skin, the largest sensory organ. To be worn just above the waist, they concentrate the embellishment of latex platelets and hand painted liquid latex droplets at the ankles. This was inspired by the way we use our clothing, the bottom of our trousers splattered with mud and water after a rainy walk.
The idea behind outfit one: the suede patchwork dress.
The industrial modular linked patchwork was my solution to both a creative use of suede offcuts and a method of playing with pattern and colour more readily in suede and leather. The structure consists of tessellating shapes, hole punched at the corners and linked together with jumprings. A modular system of clothing allows a piecemeal approach. For example, modular garments could be given to a alterer, to remove length for a particular occasion or season. Changing size and shape over time could be seamlessly accommodated for, allowing garments to always fit perfectly. I actually found that as the garment has grown in size and weight, it clings and conforms to the curves of the body.
Also, in a similar way that elbow patches can make a garment live longer, or better yet pre-empt areas of wear and tear and reinforce them, a modular garment could have ‘wearing parts’ such as where a bag strap is worn which can be replaced, instead of the entire garment being scrapped.
And also, a combination of different materials could be used, different properties used in different areas of the garment, for example stretch, resistant to abrasion or breathable.
The dress also has an underdress which makes it more comfortable to wear and also, like an undergarment, means that the outer dress rarely needs laundering.
The amount of possibilities with shapes of any colour you chose, make this a very diverse way of creating patterns.
This is a sample of the water droplet texture to be applied to the cuff sections of the leggings. White leggings but with durable and waterproofed cuffs at the bottom!
Typed onto leather offcuts.
Detailing the ingredients which make up each garment and how they were sourced. Also the processes leading to the final piece.
Suede hexagon labels for the garment bags to transport the finished items to London.
The top is almost finished, just the embroidery and tassels to complete.
The method of shaping the tessellating patchwork pieces to go in and out with the curves of the body.
Growing fabric of linked patchwork, forming into a wearable dress.