1883 Magazine

Where did your inspiration come from for this latest collection?

This collection is my interpretation of a uniform, embedded with ritual, tradition and respect for rules and routine. It’s all about control and discipline; I’ve explored everything from Elizabethan costume to Catholic school uniform, and Flemish paintings from the 15th century.

What materials are used?

I’m a knitwear student, so all my tops are knitted with cashmere and angora, embellished with thousands of beads. The skirt is the most unconventional bit, it is made out of fibreglass.

Favourite piece?

I don’t have a favourite piece, they all work together as a whole, as an army; I believe each piece enlighten the other one.

Favourite technique?

Knitting with beads, or with mettallic elements has always been a passion. It can be bells, screws, beads, or anything metallic - I will always try to do something with it.



Favorite British designer?

Hussein Chalayan

Who’s influenced you most?

Anish Kapoor. His work always awakens my body and mind, as well as a huge feeling of respect from technical challenges he overcomes. I love to interact with his work.

What keeps you going?

I don’t really ask myself, when I work, I love it and it feels perfectly right.

Longest day on this collection?

The longest day was probably when we managed to make the skirts out of resin, but couldn’t find a way to create an opening so that the models could get in. That was a very few weeks before the show, and I couldn’t figure out if we would make it happen.

In ten years time?

My own label!?

Graduating felt...

It felt like a strong very first step.

Next step?

MA in fashion knitwear at Central Saint Martins

Most inspiring place?

The National Gallery, 15th century section, and it’s free!

Top tip...

Be honest, stay focused, challenge yourself and share!


Words by Holly Ounstead

Photography: Luc. Coiffait
Model: Clea @ Storm
Fashion and Words: Holly Ounstead
Fashion Assistant: Ginger Clark
Hair: Simon Izzard @ Frank Agency
Make-up: Athena Skouvakis @ Frank Agency
Location: The Biscuit Factory, London

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