Lucy Jones, 21 is Welsh but lives and studies in New-York city where she hopes to graduate with a BA in Fashion Design in 2015. You can contact Lucy at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter at @lucybrucie.
What is the background of the work you submitted?
Furnished Fashion is an avant-garde piece I did on my foundation course. The original idea for this design came to me after a visit to an antique store, in Wales where I saw this one chair that looked like a sitting human. The arms of the chair in particular looked like human arms. After some research I chose to focus on a famous chair style, the “Chesterfield Chair” to complete my design.
The second image is from a collection called “Renovation”, since shortened to “RENO”, I did as a project for my BA course. Its purpose was to imagine ways to Renovate the typical business attire to create a new culture of clothing. We all have standard expectations as to what shirts, trousers, jacket, skirts etc. look like. But why do these garments have to be this way? Why the strict guidelines and limitations? It seems our education has removed imagination from our understanding of fashion. With this project I wanted to bend the traditional rules and use them to go elsewhere. By using a basic trouser pattern for example, and sew it up in the wrong order, upside down, crotch to ankle, I created a totally new garment. This image shows the trousers mentioned previously. It has become a jacket with drawstrings in the side seams that can be pulled and released. Through this principle of freedom of the rules, I have created a complete, ‘new’ collection.
The final image is also from a project I did for my course. We had to design for a given label, I chose Issey Miyake. During my summer holiday this ‘inter-foldable’ origami star fell out of a book I was reading. It folded forwards and backwards and inside out, almost anticipating the shapes I was attempting to make. The book it fell from was about “Chance” and the “Unknown”. I chose to build my project on this idea. I divided the human body into six parts and numbered them. I would make a random shape with the origami star, roll a dice and based on this number I would associate the origami shape with the corresponding body part, thus designing the garments of my collection. In addition each garment has the ability to change shape and fold just like the origami star.
Who inspires you?
I am inspired by a variety of artists and designers who all have one thing in common: they create “intelligent design”. I like designs that make you think. A skirt that is “just a skirt” is boring; this skirt should say a lot more than simply “you’ll love me until I’m out of fashion”. An example of intelligent design is Issey Miyake’s 132.5 collection. Its garments are made out of recycled material; they are designed to fold flat and expand from two-dimensional geometric shapes into structured volumes.
The end product is fantastic but so is the process of its design: a collaboration between Reality Lab’s team of designers. I believe collectives and collaborations between designers are the way forward. I admire people who offer alternatives to a fashion world that often seems “stuck”, that seems only concerned with prescribing the next trend.
What is your favourite film?
One of my favourite films is the animated version of Alice in Wonderland. I just love the creativity of a child’s imagination.
Favourite music album?
Alt-J-An Awesome Wave. I find the music inspiring to work to.
What is your favourite Video?
Any of the videos by Shingo Sato who teaches the TR Cutting School. I believe any fashion designer would benefit from watching them.
What is your favourite Website for inspiration?
I love Instagram; it is rapid and easy to use. I like one Tumblr blog in particular: thruman or MEATHOLOGICAL RADIOACTIVE; I find the visuals selected very powerful.
What seems new in the world?
In the fields of fashion and design I believe that the idea 3D printing is transformative; it’s potentially a revelation to the Design Community. Also I feel that sustainability principles have finally gained traction within Fashion. Whilst new technologies allows for a reduced foot print, I believe we should focus on finding ways to preserve and increase the use our garments, making them last as long as possible and up-cycling them.
What does Fashion mean to you?
I always answer “Wearable Architecture” or “Wearable Art”. More generally I believe it is a way to express oneself and to communicate with others in a non-verbal fashion.
What would be your ideal Fashion Project?
I like to think big and would really love to work with a Fine Artist and create a thought provoking installation piece, something fit for a museum. Generally I would like to be able to change the face of fashion, to change what it has been for so many years. I believe today’s fashion needs something extra. Design should be change. What this change is I do not know, but I would be excited to find out!
How do you imagine your career?
I may not be the most intelligent person, but I have endless creativity. This is the most valuable trait for a designer. I would love to get involved with a collaborative team of designers, people who want to create garments that will change fashion as we know it. It’s a long shot but I’d love to be involved in a movement like that.
Are you looking for an internship?
I am always open for new experiences and I think internships are excellent ways to achieve this, however right now I am happy exploring the endless opportunities that I can create by myself through self-discovery.