The Initial Inspiration is taken from the concept of visioning beauty of local nature. Gemma has been heavily inspired by the beauty of nature and gardens of North Yorkshire where she would often be infatuated by scenes when walking her dog or driving through the countryside. She recorded her findings with photographs and then later used them to develop her ideas in an tactile and illustrative way through drawing and experimentation with fabrics and textures.
Georgina’s graduate collection was inspired by Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist and writer. She would look through her arts pieces, painting and sculptures to help her to develop her own work. Finding out Yayoi suffered from obsessive-compulsive neurosis and hallucinations played a big part in how Georgina was influenced by the artist. She found both her work and her story mesmerising and fascinating.
Following on from this, Georgina discover a sculptor from South Korea called Choi Xoo Ang who is mainly known for his unearthly but highly intricate human figures.
The collection was inspired by illuminated manuscripts. Illumination was used in historic periods to aggrandise ancient documents, being visually decorative to ornament text. This form of art added ornament but did not take away from the value of the words it adorned, rather it was an extension of what the texts expressed.
Using frames, text and ornament, Geraldine emulated a similar effect in her jewellery pieces. The metal has a deliberate rough, raw quality to it, emphasising the imperfections and scars the pieces have, almost as if they had ‘lived to tell the tale’.
Gony Han’s graduate collection was inspired by a used packaging material richness in shapes. The pieces from the waste of the packaging have its own identity with colours, texture and shapes. She made a new creative shape of the pieces by her glance.
The pieces from the used packaging changed to new pieces. Gony discovered some interesting shapes by accident from the waste of packaging. She used it actively with collague and then draw it on the transparent paper to see how it comes out. Also, she used laser-cutting machine using some fabrics with shapes of the inspiration from the pieces of packaging.
Gracie’s suit was heavily inspired by her Indian heritage. Taking fabric, embroidery and colour inspiration from Indian wedding wear and visits to Asian fabric shops in Bradford.
From this she developed a high appreciation for attention to detail and the use of beautiful trims to highlight suit features. Gracie saw the link between Indian suits and the Napoleonic jacket, noticing the silhouette and collar shape similarities. With this in mind, she wanted to design her own suit set, taking reference from the two styles. With her textile upbringing, Gracie paid particular attention to the printed and embellished fabric she came across while completing research.
Every single detail of our Signature pieces are meticulously observed by Guchita's Production Team. From visualising the designer's artistic vision, making a pattern and production sample, until it becomes a marvellous piece of cloth. The craftsmanship process is currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
For this Spring/Summer 2020 collection, Shahnaz used the combined finishing for tailoring. In particular the techniques known as "Reverse", the placement of something that is out of the place. Guchita uses combination fabrics but with a more simple silhouette. Each piece is contemporary yet timeless.