“I based my project on plants and flowers, so I bleached all of the material, and I tried to make it look like stems, and it kind of associates itself with insects as well. I also used various colours on the belt to tie in the idea of flowers too.
In terms of change, doing Fashion Futures has really made me think about the concept of fast fashion, and just how when making a garment, so much gets thrown away. I think I’d like to do more research about the long-term effects of fast-fashion and the fashion industry, and FAD has definitely made me more confident about speaking on these kinds of topics.
I didn’t expect the show to be so big, and I know that in a few years time I’m going to look back on it and think “Wow. I did that.” It’s just such a warm and great feeling. The way everything has panned out, it’s just really beautiful – seeing everyone and how talented they are, and I know they worked so hard.
Technically, within actually making a garment, I’ve learnt a lot. But personally, I feel like it’s made me more of an outspoken person. I feel so much more confident saying, “I can design, I can do this.” It’s not a thing where I’m like, “Oh, I kind of can,” it’s “I can, because I’ve done it now. Yeah, well, basically I was at Fashion Week, that’s me!” I’m going to have a lot of pride for this for quite a while, I can’t lie!”