My final major project is based on the concept of a marriage between modernity and tradition, the modern goddess. The collection will be romantic, delicate and feminine with elements of heavy embroidery and intricate embellishment. The collection will for spring summer and the mood will be soft and elegant. It will incorporate various themes such as fairy tales, fantasy, bridal wear and goddess worship. It will have Victorian details, romantic colours and have a vintage feel to it. It will be a collection of 4-6 dresses.

The collection will develop and evolve from various influences. Marie Antoinette is a key icon that is influencing my project. Her classic and charming style will be incorporated in my own pieces. The collection will be inspired from vintage clothing and fashion from the 1920’s such as fringing and lace. Processes such as laser cutting, digital printing, soldering and ruffles will be featured throughout the collection.

Exhibitions I have visited such as the Jewellery, the Maharaja and the silver room at the Victoria and Albert museum will inspire my developmental ideas. My own jewellery collection will also inspire drawings and potential shapes of garments.

Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala, 1891-1938

Victoria and Albert Museum

Gorgeous beading, embellishment, pearls and jewels

The brooches at the V&A are beautiful and historic. I have a varied collection of brooches and will incorporate them in my garments, along with beading and heavy embellished areas.

This project will for fill my passion for romantic and feminine pieces with embroidery and embellishment, it will show my strengths in attention to detail and pattern cutting. The collection will be exhibited at our end of year show and at graduate fashion week and new designers.

The Warner Textile Archive houses one of the country's most important collections of flat textiles. It features the entire range of fabrics produced by Warner and Sons(including Coronation velvet) from the mid 19thC as well as the original paper designs by some of the country's leading designers and artists such as Venessa Bell, Graham Sutherland, Owen Jones and Alec Hunter. The collection includes a historical and international collection of textiles dating back to the 18thC that designers used as inspiration for new designs.
The vast collection at the textile archive is amazing. There is a small beaded collection, which is completley stunning. The detail is perfection, and they are in great condition. This type of intricate beading will inspire my collection.

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