9 July 2011

Wounded Garments


All that stress, sleep deprivation and swearing at sewing machines for the glorious moment of seeing your clothes walk the runway in front of hundreds of people.  It was definitely worth it.

Last month was my university’s graduate fashion show, and the culmination of 4 years of serious work.  The show was held in an art studio in the School of Design so the audience were seated amongst metal sculptures, giant paintings and postcard prints as the models wound their way through.

Military uniforms initially inspired my collection, but as I delved deeper through my exploration of the armed forces I became increasingly interested in the fragility of the soldiers who wore the uniforms.  I began to look at wounded soldiers, which led me to amputees and artificial limbs.  I focussed my research into historical limbs as I liked the mix of the materials used, such as leather and metal.  This inspired a put-together look in some of my garments.  Others were damaged; a mix of slits with beautifully finished edges, translucent scars, and distressed leather.  The overall look was tailored with a modern, raw edge.

As well as my collection being featured in my university’s graduate show, I also modelled in it due to a last minute model shortage.  I was worried I wouldn’t be able to see my models before they went out, but I managed a few final adjustments after my final walk.

Clare Chojnowski Photography


Clare Chojnowski Photography

Steve Gabbett Photography

Steve Gabbett Photography

Steve Gabbett Photography


The night was such a success and I am so proud to have been a part of organising it.

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