Vailea – Womenswear Collection 2010

I am truely amazed at these images, thank you so much Angela from Butterfly Bones. You have created images that really encapsulate my collection’s story and spirit. The hair was done gorgeously by Nathan at Toni&Guy Parramatta. Not to mention the stunning model Jessica, thank you so much.

This collection, Vailea, is about exploring the idea of memories. The collection’s aim is to evoke feelings of warmth, comfort, love and protection… And the awakening of feelings from a favorite time in your past. The memory I recalled was traveling to the north qld coast and swimming in the inspiring great barrier reef. The coral provide this protection for the sea life it shares it’s home with. This idea was represented visually by creating coral like shapes from manipulated fabrics with techniques such as tucks, shirring and smocking in organic irregular patterns to create shape, in essence creating safe places for the wearer to hide.

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one original print, highly resolved repeat stage :) :)

This print is an original, complete with my own sketches, painting and photography. This print will be a part of a series of textiles for my collection which will serve to represent different aspects of frida kahlo’s life. This print in particular represents her sexuality and the challenges she had embracing her self as a woman. Love was a tricky topic for her, she experienced so much pain in her life- physically, emotionally, etc. Here I explore the impact on this on her sexual life and the varied and intense interactions she experienced, perhaps due to the for-mentioned history she had.