The winding patterns of the Gunnera Manicata leaf are my inspiration for this work. As I looked at the delicate veins, they began to remind me of vines or ivy. Vines grow around structures, changing their appearance and constricting their natural growth and movement below. I’ve subtly restricted the movement of the wearer to create the impression that when they stopped moving, the dress has grown around them and is constricting their movement. To mimic the texture of the leaf, I’ve created a pattern with meandering lines and used different sizes of piping and stitching through the fabric to create a texture to represent different vein sizes in the leaves. All of the fabrics are naturally dyed by hand to allow for slight variation in the shades of the colour throughout.
The garments are made out of fabric I put stitching and thin piping through the meterage to create a textured fabric to cut my pattern out of. There is piping running between all of the pattern pieces. Each dress has between 20-25 pieces in the pattern to create the meandering lines through the body. The lavender fabric is 50% silk 50% cotton, and the rest is silk.
Below are the mood pages, mood drawings, final drawings and look book photos of the pieces. The photos are done by the very awesome Darren Pottie.
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