Chloe Daniels’s Autumn/ Winter 2020 collection ‘Nosocomephobia’ is a menswear and womenswear collection which evolved from her interest in human anatomy. She paid a visit to a science museum in London and she soon became obsessed with the darker sides of the medical environment. She found different dance cultures inspiring whilst she explored forms of therapy for medical phobias. In relation to this she is inspired by leisure wear as she wanted her collection to be comfortable, leaving the wearer relaxed and at ease.
The fabric story, was initially inspired by a 2000’s styled satin cargo skirt. Chloe likes to challenge masculinity through the notions of gendered fabrics such as chiffon and satin. Shapes and silhouettes were developed from drapes with leisure wear such as dressing gowns and hoodies. Which then developed the fabric story further. She studied diseased cells through the microscope and used these images to develop prints and fabrics manipulation ideas as well as drawstrings and overlocked finishings to create texture. The colour story was inspired by X-Rays. She wanted to make it acceptable to practically ‘wear your fear, and to face it in comfort’. Details included slippers and syringe earrings, which were inspired by the subculture ‘Yami Kawaii’ in Tokyo, Japan where individuals dress to display the mental health stigma.
Chloe’s current muses are Michelle Lamy and Frida Kahlo. Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens and Junya Watanabe are a few designers that she finds particularly inspiring.
Chloe’s collections stand out by its consistency of unusual silhouettes, textured fabric manipulations and contrasting prints and fabrics. Over the past year and a half, Chloe has learnt a lot about the impact that the fashion world has on the planet and has recently realised how easy it is to be sustainable. During self isolation she had to work with the materials that she had at home which were mostly old clothes and scraps from previous collections.