Today at university I presented my final collection of garments for one of my classes – it was my last presentation for the semester, now I’m on break for a few weeks before starting my final semester and therefore my graduate collection… Eeep!! 🙂 This collection is presented as menswear, although is more-so unisex. I hand-dyed the linen fabric rainbow myself, as well as making all my own bias binding, and hand-sewing on all the sequins… Hope you enjoy taking a peek at the end result of many sleepless nights and long days working hard, hehe! 😀
STATEMENT OF INTENT:
My work aims to be a positivity commentary on and celebration of the increased queer visibility within fashion and the broader mainstream community. To communicate my theme and concept I will be subverting the suit by ‘queering’ it. By drawing on influences including historical Dandyism, queer Campness/’fabulousness’, the Club Kids of the 1980s/90s, ‘Mr Showmanship’ Liberace, and the current movement in fashion for queer inclusion/representation I will turn suiting into a means of communicating a positive, celebratory message of queerness. Design elements that are strong cultural signifiers of queer pride (such as sequins and a rainbow colour palette) will be used to create a collection that is vibrant and flamboyant, revelling in the love of excess, sensuous textures, and fabulous artiface that queer Campness entails. I will employ garment silhouettes that have a slouchy fit, obscuring the figure beneath, in combination with elaborate detailing. This will contribute to a menswear collection that is gender-queer in appearance, blending masculine, feminine, and everything in between and outside of. It will be a visual potion fusing elements of queer culture, Campness, and suiting in a wizards cauldron of fashion… The result: A magical celebration of queer visibility, representation, and empowerment.
My collection will be entitled ‘Queer Alchemy’ in reference to an idea I read about in the work of Andrew John Buzny, referring to the seemingly magical ability of the queer community to transform shame into pride.
Garment Design/Styling/Makeup/Creative Direction/Photography/Model: Kate Hannah
After months of hard work I at long last presented my final collection for one of my classes at university today (for those of you who don’t know, I study fashion at Curtin University here in Perth and am halfway through my final year!)!
I entitled the collection of garments and accessories “Rise Up!”, and it is intended to serve as negative commentary on the current fast-pace of the fashion industry. Designers are increasingly being pushed to their limits to produce new collections as luxury fashion strives to compete with the high street. This higher output and shorter timeframe undoubtedly results in a prioritising of quantity over quality, and sees designers increasingly acting more-so as creative directors instructing large teams of people, rather than designing themselves. My collection aims to bring back the ‘quality’, creating pieces that are lovingly hand-crafted and pieces of art to wear and treasure. I drew influence from youth culture (in particular the punk subculture) to approach my theme from the point of view of youth standing up to the current system of the fashion industry… If we are to see change it must come from those who inherit this industry and its flaws.
Models: Rebecca @sheslikeasunburn // Rachael @rello961
Makeup Artist: Chiara De Stefano – Special Occasions Makeup Artist (@chiarahh)
Photographer: Claire (@bear_bott)
Styling/Garment Design/Creative Direction/Model: Kate Hannah (@katehannah)