Memories of Dress is a collection
which draws from stories of garment ‘use’, a series of illustrated interviews
about our most valued clothes. Each piece of the collection is developed from
these stories and takes the key elements of comfort, security, identity and
childhood memory. The designs draw from hand-me-downs, modern art and
60s interiors. Functional accessories are intertwined with an abstract, asymmetrical aesthetic.
Garment ‘use’ is a significant
feature of this project and our relationship with clothes is considered through
illustration, written dialogue and fabric manipulation. Though the relationship
we have with our clothing is personal and ever-changing, the simplicity of a
worn garment is something we all have in common. Each garment can provide an
insight to identity, behaviour, gender differences, age, occupational roles,
culture, religion and wealth. Each garment representing a person, a memory or desire.