Emily Bowden

BA (Hons) Fashion

The initial concept idea for my project was formed throughout lockdown during which we were metaphorically cocooned in our own environments; I wanted to convey the different stages throughout the process which lead to transformation at the end. I showcased this idea by developing my garments in a way that carries elements from my primary images focusing predominantly on the butterfly emerging from the cocoon because it is the main concept which demonstrates metamorphosis. I carried out my primary research at Stratford butterfly farm I wanted to collect as many photos and videos as I could in order to produce the best work and also because it will benefit my designs to have variation for silhouettes and textures. I want my collection to show the story of how the caterpillar gradually develops into a cocoon and then you see the butterfly begin to emerge. I think by giving my garments a theme not only helps me to design in a way that follows the structure of what I am trying to portray but it also demonstrates the concept of transmogrification.

Throughout my design development, I was able to see the many stages of metamorphosis which played a big part in constructing my silhouettes for my line-up. Although I have had the same concept in mind throughout my designs my exploration of different fabric samples has definitely impacted the way I have been working. I adapted my designs to be more structured yet also delicate through the use of organza, over the second term I took my initial designs and made them much more loose and less traditional.
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Emily Bowden

BA (Hons) Fashion

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