I am a London born and based Menswear Designer. I graduated with masters from The Royal college of Art in menswear design in June. Prior to that I completed a BA at Kingston University in Fashion design, achieving a first place prize for the Sophie Hallette lace competition for my graduate collection. My work is based around the exploration of surrounding identities, alongside influences from my British-West Indian heritage and what that means in London today. By looking at authentic research and self-documented archives, this pushes me to create artistic exchanges through making garments or collaborating with sound and film. With menswear design I produced a wardrobe that has elements of contemporary tailoring and elevated causal wear using drape techniques. I see my research as an important aspect to my work, I produced a zine this year about my 'Personal Politics' collection research. The zine sold out at ICA Bookshop but a few copies are available on my online shop. I curated an multimedia exhibition at The Ace Hotels Miranda in Shoreditch titled " Personal Politics". The exhibition showed the collection film titled “ Permission” which is now on the Nowness website directed by Akinola Davies JR. The exhibition also showed my short documentary, filmed and edited by me. Along side my visual art films which can be viewed on my Vimeo.Locked Pro Plan feature
For the beginning of the term fashion students engage in "Talk, Draw and Debate Week". This is a week that introduces the new the 1st and 2nd year Mens and Womenswear MA students to the new term. A series of interesting lectures and debates to get the them to think more and loosen up their minds to start the course. I was asked by Head of Fashion at The Royal College of Art, Zowie Broach to give a lecture about my work and my community. I was delighted for this opportunity to be able to speak about the journey through my final year at the Royal College of Art and my community. My talk lasted for 40 mins and I also engaged in questions afterwards. I spoke about: - My working process of me using film and working with friends such as Akinola Davies Jr - Producing a Zine which is selling at The ICA, LNCC - Putting on my own exhibition - Showing my research for the Late night V&A event. & Press.
I assisted Art director Harris Elliot on the " Punk In translation" exhibition. The exhibition was running from 9th - 11th Jan during the course of LCM. - My duties were : -Managing the social media - Assisting with Harris Elliot with the running of the exhibition.
I worked with ' South East London Journal on their fashion issue for August - September 2015. They done a two page interview on my graduate collection. I also contributed to producing three illustration pages one was for the children section the other one was for the back page. The issue is still available to purchase online on their website.
Working at preen was the most rewarding experience. I got to learn properly how to cut fabric to produce garments for the SS15 show. I was also given the responsibility of producing the prototypes, edited patterns and make adjustments.I also worked as a dresser for the SS16 show back stage.
I worked as a womenswear design intern directly, with the Creative Director Marjan Pejoski. I was given projects for SS15 to design a 15-20 look line up. I helped out with the techniqual drawings using adobe illustrator for the mens SS15 collection
I worked at Camp Huckins which is a girls summer camp for young women, as the assistant Arts and crafts director in the craft for two months I learnt a lot of useful skills that can be applied to any working environment. My duties were to interact with campers aged 8 – 16, plan lessons and make sure the craft shop was always stocked up with the correct equipment. I also had to make sure the environment was controlled safely, making sure everyone else was doing the job correctly. Every week I would have to write 5 detailed evaluations for counselors and counselors in training
The Menswear programme brought me on a great journey towards developing a stronger design identity. I had great tutors and being around talented course-mates made the journey to getting a masters incredible. I was able to engage in talks and debates. I learnt how to bring people into my world for my presentations and integrate other creative forms into my all projects. One of the being film which I used a development tool for research. One of my favourite moments at the Royal College of Art was having the opportunity to go to Italy to work with the master tailors at the brand Brioni. One of the main reasons that I went to the Royal College Of Art was to develop my knowledge of designing menswear as previously I was a womenswear designer for majority of my time at Kingston. Doing the Brioni project gave me a part of what I was looking for, learning traditional skill and craftsmanship. Finishing at the Royal College Of Art was great. I completed at 7 look menswear collection, which was well received by press and left me confident in my design work.
The course pushed me to develop further as designer. I was able to explore how design is influenced by cultural, social, critical and historical studies. I began to develop my own signature style, experimenting across sketch work from 2D to 3D. The Fashion course at Kingston prides itself on having a strong hand in drawing and fashion portfolio presentation. My sketch books were filled with hand drawings and drape experiments. I learnt how to use Adobe software such as Illustrator, Photoshop and Indesign. I used these skills to develop a professional portfolio and also make technical drawings for production. I gained great skills in pattern cutting. All these lessons allowed me to Move forward to graduate with a successful collection to finish my BA
I experimented the first few weeks with Graphics, Photography, Fashion and Product Design. Then I chose the path way of Fashion. The purpose of the course was to develop a portfolio for degree level education.
Art, Textiles, Photography, Media
I had to show case my work along side 22 other students, showing pieces made with lace and tulle to chosen to compete for the cash prize, which the first place price went to me from Kingston University. My collection was inspired by the integration of the West Indies into Britain. My Great-Aunt owned a stall at Deptford Market selling only lace curtains for a living, she had 5 sons and each of my lace garments from my collection pays homage to her sons. The competition is about showing love and innovation to Sophie Hallette.