Rosie Higgins is currently in the process of putting the final touches on a coat she’ll be debuting on the FAD catwalk during London Fashion Week this September. Passionate about breaking the boundaries traditionally associated with particular garments, the coat has detachable sleeves.
‘I’ve learnt so much over this last week,’ she says. ‘I’ve realised that I’ve been understanding more. Especially when I compare the beginning of the process to now, the volunteers will say something to me and I’ll just understand what they’re doing.’
With a particular interest in costume design, Rosie is keen to break down the barriers of conformity, particularly around gender. ‘Gender is something I’m passionate about, and this idea of having to conform to the shape of that gender. I wear a lot of menswear and it irritates me that if you’re female you’re shopping for this size and if you’re male you’re shopping for that size,’ she explains. ‘On a website you have to shop either menswear or womenswear. You can’t just stop clothes. I’d love to see fashion create more clothing which is less tailored for one or the other.’