As a designer for the UCL MODO fashion society, I participated in the society’s second annual show, themed ‘Opulence’. Being in my final term of university, my schedule was jam packed, so I opted to make a smaller collection consisting of four pieces: two dresses and two headpieces.
I began by mood boarding to define my interpretation of Opulence. My board was filled with an array of divine gowns, haute couture structures, extensive layering and frills, body contoured dresses, dark and lavish colours.
‘Opulence’ is defined as great wealth and luxuriousness.
I envisioned Opulence as a story, a woman in an unhappy marriage. Perhaps money and greed interfered with a love that was once there, and the marriage became dark, whilst the couple’s existence remained luxurious.
My designs were originally very structured and technical with lots of wiring, much like those in my mood board, however, they became a little more simple; slim fitting and elegant. I suppose this was in part due to my limited time and technical skill.
DESIGN 1: ‘Anastasia’ dress and headpiece
DESIGN 2: ‘Lakayya’ dress and headpiece
The key features of my designs include veil-like head pieces featuring mesh, satin roses (as featured in my last collection for the Sustainability show) and black feathers, long black evening gloves, and mid-to-long satin dresses.
Next I cut my patterns and began constructing the dresses.
Final pieces – shot by Adam Pietraszewski and Tom Dibble at the Opulence show in March.
LOOK 1: The Anastasia dress and headpiece
LOOK 2: The Lakayya dress and head piece