The inspiration for my thesis collection comes from Dante Alighieri’s 9 Circles of Hell and Garry Schyman/Electronic Arts Dante’s Inferno, a video game adaptation of the classic story. Using silhouettes inspired by the artwork, I created sensual and armor-like looks. I used denim-like twill and mesh netting to create a see-through denim style inspired by chainmail from 14th-century Italian armor, a process that took me around 120 hours to complete. In addition, I used vegan leather and unusual materials like tubbing. I wanted to really bring a tactile focus to my collection through my textiles and fabric selections. My collection is heavily influenced by both 14th-century and video games aesthetics, a combination of two things I’m very interested in besides fashion design; classical art and video games.
My collection is unique because I used textiles to create an attractive geometrical pattern. This textile is a see-through denim-like fabric which creates an interesting effect since it covers the body while showing peeks of skin. In addition to the visual draw, I also wanted to cover another sense – touch. I used materials that would create a texture pleasant to the fingertips, with a combination of a soft freil of twill and the contrasting netting mesh.