Olivia Murphy is a 22 years old British fashion student. She lives in Liverpool where she is studying for a Bachelor of Design with Honours. You can contact Olivia Anne Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter at @LivyMurphy
Olivia, can you explain the work you present here?
I created these graphics are the first steps towards the degree collection that I will submit later this year. The main inspiration is the anatomy of a spider. My colour palette relies more specifically on that of the Australian peacock spider. I will develop these prints further and then will start working on the construction of the garments of my collection.
My main idea is to sculpt a dress directly on to the female form while incorporating the print into the design. I hope the intricate print to produce a different visual experience depending on perspective and individual body shapes.
In theory the dress will look different on each wearer. I will be working on coated cotton organdie. I want to use a sheer fabric so that you can see the seam line of the dress acting like a skeleton shape. This will reference back to the theme of the spider. In fact I got this idea by looking at spider webs. Organdie also has a beautiful way of moulding the body, especially once treated following digital printing.
What do you enjoy the most while working on your degree collection?
I love that I’ve been given creative freedom to do as I want and can take inspiration in anything I am interested in. It is however difficult to be totally free when working on a limited student budget and you struggle to pay for the fabric and the tools you need.
Olivia what inspires you creatively?
I am generally a very happy and chirpy person however my influences have been described as morbid. In fact I find the grotesque aspects of life much more interesting; skulls, snakes, insects etc. suit me perfectly.
I have always liked the work of Alexander McQueen. His Spring/Summer 2010 collection featuring snake prints and the famous ‘armadillo’ shoes, really made an impression on me.
Your favourite film?
Howl’s Moving Castle is a cartoon created in 2004 by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Spirited Away fame. It is based on a story by British writer Diana Wynne Jones. The movie was a huge success in Japan; it was then dubbed and distributed in North America by Walt Disney. The English voice of the main male character, Howl, a wizard is that of Christian Bale. Now just imagine a Christian Bale voiced wizard whisking you away in a castle that you can change in the bat of an eyelash…
Your favourite music track
Goldfrapp’s Train. I have a girl crush on Alison Goldfrapp; I love her music. I mention the track train because I am listening to it right now.
Your favourite short film
Zero. I love short films in general and to me this one is amongst the best! The animation is brilliant and I love the concept that someone considered a ‘nothing’ can create something that is ‘everything’. You can’t help but fall in love with Zero.
Your favourite Blog?
‘Clever Girl’ by Jennifer Hall. She combines fine art with homemade arts and crafts. I just love her quirky embroidery work and slight obsession with nature!
What does Fashion mean to you?
For a long time I believed I was more of a fine artist, it’s only while at university that I realised fashion and print design were my strong point. My Textile tutors really encouraged me to pursue it; I don’t think I’d be doing what I do today without them.
I do not invest much time in my own appearance but creating and designing for other people makes me happy, makes me feel more like myself. I love to make others look good!
What would your ideal career be?
I would love to design for a major fashion label but such a position seems to come only to a lucky few. I don’t like how the reputation of your place of study can determine the success of your career. I’d love to be in a position where I can work individually or as part of a team on a collection that will influence future trends. But I am also interested in costume design as I am aware that my own work is very theatrical.
Is there still room in the fashion industry for new designers to make a name for themselves? It seems like an impossible task these days.
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