A collection of woven fashion fabric designs for high-end A/W womenswear that are a celebration of colour and pattern inspired by the Coral Reef. My own images of coral reefs and images found online, inspire the collection visually. Key WGSN trends were researched, along with artists such as Yellena James, who creates underwater abstract art exploring colour and pattern. These references included my sketchbook development, using acrylic paint and mark making tools to make underwater collages and generate the irregular shapes and patterns taken from corals and sea life.
Textile designers such as, Malhia Kent and Linton Tweeds inspired the style of fabric development for this collection. Different weights and textures of cloth are created, using 2/32s and 2/7s worsted of carefully considered colours and proportions in weave structures, such as hopsack, honeycomb, warp satin and weft sateen combined with fancy yarns to create texture and a sense of decoration. Acid dyes are used to paint the warp to emulate the effect of the water-colour washes produced in the sketchbook development, however, on reflection, it was felt that a more structured and uniformed separation of colour works better for fabric designs. Embellishments such as foiling, embroidery, beading and appliqué are applied following the weaving process to represent the sense of pattern and decoration seen in the sketchbook. The collection is aimed at designers, such as: Chanel, Missoni, Ports and Mary Katrantzou whose customers are women with funky style who have a love of colour, print and pattern and are avid users of, and inspired by, images found on social media of the fashion catwalk shows.