BA (HONS) FASHION

DISABLED TOTEMS

This collection is a manifestation of the future and a clear vision for ourselves; a vision where gender and race will not define us in any way. Fashion can create a wonderful synergy between a person and the clothes they are wearing. It can empower individuals and create an equal community.
‘Disabled Totems’ allows the audience to engage with the garments in their own sensual and personal way realising the importance of self-expression. The collection proposes a juxtaposition of the two elements reflecting Liene’s own background; that being the Capitalism model of the Post-Soviet Union and the existing Social Capitalism Model which is a society in which those with disabilities are often ignored. Communicating visually and considering the revolutionary Russian Avant-Garde movement, it encourages the audience to move away from the entrapments of the past and view the industry in a different light.

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Disabled Totems' Inspiration and story board. Part of the research was conducted from vulnerability and disability studies, my heritage and experience growing up in Post-Soviet Latvia, 20’s Avant-Garde Movement in Russia and Suprematism Art.

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After completing the research, I did a lot of drawing, worked on a stand, sampling, took photos, then analyzed work and sketched out garment ideas. The final stage was design development and toiling that very important as I used different pattern-cutting methods. For instance, draping on a stand and drafting.

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When Avant-Garde meets Streetwear. Final Line Up of 6 Outfits, combining Outerwear and Casual wear garments and accessories.

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Final garments . Outfit One and Two . The bold silhouettes, monochrome and elegant stitching all aim to reflect the Suprematism movement and ideology. The functional elements of the garments, like the featured detachable pieces, create a sense of balance for the clothing whilst adding value and comfort to our existing wardrobes.

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Approaching the digital era and more computerised word, the print is showcasing the dynamics through bold colours, futuristic applications providing a symbolic and mystical meaning derived from Liene’s Latvian background.

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