The collection explores the concepts of ornament and function in co-existence. Bauhaus teaching that while form and function are the primary concerns of good design aesthetic merit is still of value, forms the basis of my approach towards combining the two concepts. In this way ornament will be used to emphasise and aid form and structure.
Inspiration is taken from classical architecture as the highest form of function, where ornament becomes integral through wall mouldings and surface enhancement. It is important to clarify that emphasis is placed on the words ‘enhance’ and ‘ornament’ as opposed to ‘decoration’ as this implies a purely aesthetic after thought. As a result I will explore techniques and finishes which aid the seamless integration of ornament.
This idea is combined with the work of the artist Frank Stella who also uses classical architecture as a starting point for his collages where it is translated into two and three-dimensional forms and structures of his own aesthetic. Stella describes his work as somewhere between two and three dimensions which will become a valuable influence on my own construction of surface and silhouette.
The garments themselves are accessible and recognisable as grounded in ‘real clothes,’ the resultant clean and bold silhouette enables the fabrication, construction and placement of colour to come forward as key features.