This project was briefed to us by a designer from the fashion industry. This was our first chance to select our own topic and show our individual interpretation of the design brief. For this project I took inspiration from the process of decay in nature. I analysed, sketched and photographed images of decomposition in nature. This inspired me to work with a parallel to this subject, a hardwearing fabric that could not easily decay or deteriorate. This lead me to explore the hardwearing characteristics of denim, how various textile processes or particular re-arrangements on the fashion sillhouette, could breakdown the original structure or interpretation of this fabric. This process was named Denim Decay… and thats how my project began!
I absolutely loved this project and working with Roberts advice and inspiration was great too! I had never worked with denim before so that was a bit of a challenge… but the real challenge came when I had to attach jersey and denim together! Two fabrics with no characteristics in common it seems! But after several practices it worked! I added a few features to the outfit… such as the decaying white tinted flowers on the jacket, the waistband from the jacket deconstructed from a pair of recycled jeans, ripped and white textile detail on the knee and pockets and black and gold beaded across the breast of the black leotard. This project is very inspirational for future projects… I think the association with nature suited me really well and I’ll definately return to combining fashion and nature in the future.