My Filthy Gorgeous London projects began just before the start of the final year of my degree. Inspired initially by lyrics from the Scissor Sisters’ Filthy Gorgeous song I then travelled through the dirty side of this gorgeous city of ours for inspiration. This is a journey that has included medieval filth, Charles Dickens’ Victorian London and present day environmental issues. Bringing together garment construction with dyed, screen-printed, collaged layers of fabrics & papers to create detailed designs that play with the contours of the body. My approach to ‘the body as a surface’ can be described as ‘scientific grunge.’
'5 Senses Ciggy Paper' skirt
This is a prototype skirt consisting almost entirely of manipulated cigarette rolling papers and other smoking paraphernalia that are recycled to evoke the 5 senses. It consists of panels that can be interchanged on the body with safety pins to form alternative garments. The core lines and textures of these and co-ordinating sample panels inspired the print designs used on my following garments, such as the screen-printed kimono straitjacket in my next post...
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