Sometimes I Really Hate Fashion (But Really I Don’t)

Fi Carroll
Fashion Design

College
National College of Art & Design

Contact
fionaclarecarroll@gmail.com
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Fi Carroll

Sometimes I Really Hate Fashion (But Really I Don’t)

This upcycled womenswear collection explores the difficulties of creating fashion during a time of great uncertainty. How do you align your morals with your creative pursuits in an industry that depends on overconsumption? The collection is an effort to find my place in what sometimes feels like a redundant industry; to redirect my anxieties as more of a driving force than an obstacle. Inspired by abandoned objects in the street and beloved Edwardian family postcards, the collection is made entirely from unwanted shirts and wedding dresses. I transform their textiles while using their existing shapes to create new ones, and examine the beauty in what has been left behind: a rain-drenched paper, a grass-stained wedding dress, a postcard addressed to someone long-since passed. Delicate hand embroidery, appliqué and painted silks and lace are roughly hand-manipulated into squashed textures and forms. The use of slow hand processes is a conscious response to the relentless pace of fashion today: creating a deeper physical and emotional connection with each garment at a time when we are producing, consuming and disposing more and more, faster and faster. The garments are purposely contradictory, just as making clothes in these unsettling times feels: precious and destroyed, delicate and crushed, reused but perhaps wasteful.