I was inspired by Leigh Bowery's exaggerated new romantic style and my own fascination with picnics. My collection transforms bodies into objects. The clothes are redesigned following the original shape of the female body and giving them interesting and new functions. Inspired by the table-like shape of the Bustle skirt, I construct- ed a skirt from small tablecloths. The bras are made of floral printed tea cups from home. The red gingham picnic skirt has two big pockets for champagne bottles and the long skirt can also be used as a picnic blanket. With each piece of clothing, the wearer is transported to a picnic. It is a collection from a world where clothes are function- al objects and objects are functional clothes.
The story behind this collection attracts me to due to its sustainability. The clothes I made are to be perceived as up-cycled couture, which combines the handmade aspect of couture with sustainable methods. Throughout the series, I collected a lot of small items related to picnics that I used in constructing the garments. They are all old items I found in my home such as small and low tables, tea cups, and wallets. They all had a life and have a history that new clothes don’t have. That aspect is really interesting and as a designer, I want the stories to continue on the body. The fabric is recycled from picnic tablecloths and old silk. The majority of the collection is hand-sewn and the jackets are custom made. These elements create a sense of value to the items. The uniqueness of each item is that it can be a piece of clothing, a piece of jewellery, or even a small sculpture. Most of the garments’ use is multipurpose, for ex- ample the orange reversible gingham skirt can change into a table- cloth and be used as such. Also, the same skirt can be spread onto the ground to make a picnic blanket. My main focus was to create a collection that highlights utilisation. Clothes offer more than one purpose besides wearability.