Heroines

Heroines threads through generations.

Inspired by British heroines who transcend their era – Elizabeth I and II, Shakespeare’s Titania, Queen Victoria, Woolf’s’ Orlando – the collection spans time and fiction.

Centred on wool, the pieces emerge from native craft techniques. Lace details and asymmetric cuts explore modern and traditional possibilities.

Using historic references and contemporary twists, the youth/age dichotomy is also eroded.

As in literature, fixed past and present collapse.

Isle of Mull

Home of the Clan Maclean, The Isle of Mull explores place and identity.

A collection of beauty and severity, pieces draw on the Clan Motto “Bàs no Beatha ("Death or life").

Tartan represents recent Scottish history, whilst ginger hues emphasize the distinctive history of the Island – its indigenous rose marble and curious ginger yaks.

A dishevelled and angular quality to the clothing reflects the wild landscape, and the harshness of life on the Island – its cold climate and splintered shipwrecks.

Boudica

"A terrible disaster for the Romans occurred in Britain... ruin was brought upon the Romans by a woman, a fact which in itself caused them the greatest shame...

"Boudica, a Briton woman of the royal family...was very tall, in appearance most terrifying, in the glance of her eye most fierce...

"a great mass of the tawniest hair fell to her hips; around her neck was a large golden necklace, and she wore a tunic of divers colours”

(Cassius Dio, Roman History)

Shapes of rotating knives, colours of faded blood - the collection emphasizes the power of this legendary warrior.

Soft organzas and fleshy tones equally celebrate her feminine identity which scandalized her Roman opponents.

Menswear

The economic and financial function of men determines their social value.

Focusing on mining – a quintessential occupation of the male “working class” – menswear challenges this basis of worth, playing with its inconsistencies.

What if, as sometimes happens, fragments of diamonds become embedded in a miner’s clothes? His financial assets increase, but his socio-economic value is unchanged.

In Menswear the uniform shirt and jacket are exploded into jagged forms. Not merely a lost fragment, the diamond becomes the central design.

By shaping the form as a diamond, the collection emphasizes inherent worth.

The value of a man is reconstructed.

Draping a Cube

Classically, architecture is the most scientific of the arts, fashion the most frivolous.

In Draping a Cube we see fashion as architecture.

The collection draws on the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude: environmental artists who wrapped vast structures, including a Roman Wall, in material.

Starting with pieces of alabaster white, in Grecian drapes, the collection spans architectural history. Its central form is the black cube, rotated round the body.

Finally the clothed body emerges as the ultimate structure.