“Having gradually seen the formation and development of my garment, it was like a dream to finally see the outcome on the runway. I felt immensely proud of myself and all other contestants. It was crazy to think that my work was truly being shown at London Fashion Week.
From this experience I will take away the notion that I can always push my work further. That I don’t have to stick within my boundaries; to explore, expand and experiment. This is what has stuck with me particularly working with professionals who made me realise mediocre is not enough; I must put in all efforts for the best and truest outcome.
From the beginning I was particularly interested in the repetitive lines present on the upside of a mushroom. This became my starting point – I wanted to create something that would physically embody a mushroom. I studied various different mushrooms, comparing size, structure colour and texture and produced the idea of a puffa coat. It’s constructed of different panels each individually quilted. Each pattern piece had been individually slashed and spread in order to create an oversized look.
It’s a unisex piece – the intention was to create a garment that could be worn by all.
I loved coming in to FAD every day and just spending the entire day pattern cutting, sketching, and having one-one-one time with people who are really invested in your ideas and your creativity. It’s so important to have the support that we do, because you really feel the enthusiasm to create something and have your visions brought to life. It’s nice to be in a workspace where everyone has that same goal. Coming here has really changed my perspective in terms of being an individual and working in a team and around other like-minded people. It’s very different from school. I feel like doing FAD has really opened a lot of doors for me.”