'A Tale of Two Cities' A/W 19
Katie's collection captures the story of wealth disparity within a city, where people are driven by money and often choose to ignore important social issues. Katie has been inspired by individuals whom she met in hometown of Manchester and on her year abroad in Atlanta. It is estimated that around 1.6 billion people, more than 20% of the world's population, may lack adequate housing.
Through creative deconstruction of recycled materials and garments, Katie has produced broken and uneven textures using digital embroidery and laser cutting to reflect fragmented lives. The mapped faces represent people constantly on the move to seek shelter and safety, in contrast to the eyes and money symbols highlighting materialistic consumption. The collection explores the tension between two different faces of a city, challenging our perspectives on wealth, homelessness and the spaces we live in.