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Rosey Norman’s collection was inspired by the rich, luscious textures and colours of traditional still life paintings. This contrasted with the comforting and traditional qualities of pub decor. By contrasting these two traditional and conservative aesthetics, the collection was created in the aim to be more contemporary; creating new from the old.

During the development of the collection the silhouette was drawn from sleepwear throughout history, returning to the initial concept of comfort, and also the silhouette emerged from the fabric techniques and the best way to maximise the rich textures.

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The concept for this collection really started with a love for the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. To me it has always been a very intriguing place as the subject matter is very dark and controversial, however I have always found that by looking closely at many of the articles inside there is something very beautiful about the make up of the specimens. The collections are there for medical display, and the museum used to house both animal and human remains.

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The collection explores the relationship with the clothes we wear and the sense of protection they give us. This originated from questioning the role clothing plays in everyday life. In the most basic sense, clothing protects us from the elements and keeps us warm and safe. But it also holds a strong emotional attachment.

Ruth plays with mixing functional clothing and objects such as sportswear and tents and the traditional art of knitting.

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Sabrina explores the vitality of different cultures through following collections. Above all, the experimental attitude is at the core of all she does, which is not only manifested in the patterns and silhouette, but also in the attempt to challenge the gender stereotypes. The opulent patterns can still be masculine, and femininity and strength coexist.

With the aim to reproduce the conflicting, a little mysterious feel of the process while diverse cultures confront and integrate, Sabrina deconstructed and reassembled art paintings to create daring and unique patterns, and accentuated the contrast with Jewish traditional clothing-inspired clean-cut silhouette. &


A Collectors Collection by Sally Mankee is based on the world of antiques and curios, featuring six muses who quite literally wear their heart on their sleeves as each ensemble takes inspiration from their ephemera and most treasured possessions. Every outfit contains a rich tapestry of imagery, techniques and textures, emulating the charm of antique shops and eclectic nature of curiosity cabinets from days gone by.;

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Based on the feeling of overwhelmed, he redirected the emotion into a mood film that he shot in Japan named “Dear You”. The project follows the sequel, a second narrative film shot in Hong Kong named “Paper Boys” which follows a “paper” boy whom felt overwhelmed and decided to leave his life behind, however after reaching the epiphany of explosion, he realises in the end that he is still very much a papery boy.

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Jewellery is an object that carries more than just an intrinsic significance, for it is not merely an ornament but also a medium for expressing one’s individuality.

In this project, Sara chose to use gallium and bismuth because she believes these two metallic materials possess symbolic attributes that can be employed to reflect the emotional state of the wearer. This is inspired by her obsession with heat, exploring the possibility of using temperature to assess one's emotional state.

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The main theme of Sarah’s collection was revisiting her 13-year-old self, trying to be an Emo Goth Kid and rebelling from her Eastern European Jewish heritage. What sparked the idea for this concept was when she visited Israel, and learnt to appreciate her Jewish identity not through religion, but through the arts and culture.

It wasn’t just the late 90’s trend of visible underwear that inspired Sarah, but also the layering of sports bras under vests than many young women wear today, as they fit workouts with their busy lives.

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Savvas collection 001, titled ‘as the lotus blooms’ is based on the narrative of uncovering deceit.

Inspired by themes of surreal biological reconfiguration, the project lives in an entirely interwoven world between fashion and film. the collection has been designed as season-less, with a focus put on the alchemy of creating avant-garde clothing with the human body in mind, as garments fulfil both an artistic sensibility and a wearable edge.

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Shamima’s collection ‘Conflicted Heritage’ focuses on the inner struggles that exist within all of us in various aspects of our lives, which shape us to be the individuals we are. This particular project explores her own conflicting thoughts and emotions that arise out of a need to construct an identity that considers all of the flavours of her different cultures.

Shamima is a British-born, Bangladeshi Muslim and very often the values of these different identities can clash with one another, meaning mixing together the aspects of each culture is perceived as a paradox.

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Shannon Louise’s collection has captured the harsh reality of bullying, focusing on cyber bullying as it is growing with todays society on social media. Demonstrating that it is just as important as any other social and political discourse. She is wanting to change the globals perception of this accepted behaviour, which causes serious mental and physical health issues.

Taking the deconstructed, anti-fashion and activism inspiration from Vivienne Westwood, Katharine Hamnett and Martin Margiela she created an iconic sentimental showcase of art using fashion as the platform.

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Kill King Thrushbeard ss2020 is a series of prints as puzzles. The idea is to have a poetic Chinese logic behind a Vaporwave-influenced aesthetic. As a sarcastic approach to the fact that western designers use oriental elements for superficial decoration, each of the prints starts from a British designer name without any deep understanding. With the detour thinking and literature-referencing logic from “SheFu”, the first print is “the MCQUEEN print".

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Shun Yip’s collection was heavily inspired by the notion of the film ‘Pleasantville’. which was used as a bedrock to push the ideas of an archetypal world that has divergent protagonists. An existence that has distractions from what the world really is, utopian principles painting a picture of a faultless environment, a sanctuary from the reality that surrounds us every day. Taking menswear into a new direction, reworking it into a collection of realism.

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Panna’s debut collection takes inspiration from the work of Argentine interdisciplinary artist Tomas Saraceno. In particular ‘Aerocene’ an ongoing project involving the use of self-inflating weather balloons which use a UV reactive fabric. The collection aims to imitate the work’s sense of weightlessness, through the use of the garment of construction and materials.

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Sijia Jiang's collection was heavily inspired by 1900s medical procedure and plastic surgery after world war two. The artificial limb for disabled soldiers, cutting lines and stitching process during the plastic surgery inspired Sijia to create details and print for the collection. Sijia created a contemporary collection exploring culture and movement. Transforming the ancient leather and metal tools into a more feminine style.

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Sixtine Gendre’s collection is heavily inspired by the military which she mainly researched through her personal heritage. Looking at portraits and photographies from her father in the Air Force and her great grandfather during WWI, she started analysing her own artistic identity through elements of her past by manipulating them to create a Couture collection led by the textiles and focused on contrast and subversion.

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Sohyeon's father became the subject of this collection. He was a prime example of life in Korea in the 1970´s. When people learn and gain knowledge from life experiences, they then pass it down on to their children. This is what Sohyeon wanted to represent through this collection, the fashion knowledge learnt from his father that now she wants to represent.

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This project explores the erratic nature of hoarding as well as its relation to other wider social and cultural issues such as overconsumption and excessive waste, with influences and inspiration drawn from various artists and photographers such as Corinna Kern and Gregg Segal.

The projects aim is to study the nature of hoarding and its relation and possible routes of translation into a cohesive fashion collection of menswear garments with consideration of textiles, print and fabrication.

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Steve Jin's capsule collection titled ‘Between Solidity and Fluidity’ is a work of self-reflection. In order to discover the persona behind the pieces, one needs only to look at the pieces themselves. Steve likes to describe himself as a clean person.

He likes to be tidy and organised yet he revels in small explosions of intricate details, a fine juxtaposition of structure and chaos. By adding an effeminate touch such as flower embroidery acting as decorative accents on a palette of periwinkle blues and blush pink, the collection alluded to the 70s era; and the whole of it, a coming together of the ‘free-spirit’ and the ‘neat freak’.

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'Nocturnal Dreamscape' relates to the complicity of Karro’s new collection. A lot of design twists such as asymmetry and disproportion enhance each piece. The black and white collapse represents overthinking and over emotionality. The collection is very abstract if you look at the full range.

Every season Karro’s work evolves. For this collection she used Nuno Felting techniques to handcraft wool for our premium winter overgarments, jackets and coats. Karro collected a palette of grey shades of raw merino wool as well as raw silks and placed them to create a pattern resembling marbles.

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One of the fondest memories of Alegria Grifdal’s is her childhood in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This mystical city is affluent in copious branches of artisanal expressions, she often visited workshops and studios with her family. Falling in love since a young age with the process of creating handcrafted and unique pieces, Following a powerful calling, Alegria embarked on a journey to acquire prolific skills through acclaimed schools, mentors, and master crafters in Mexico, Spain, and Italy.

While discovering diverse facets of the fashion and luxury industry, she also explored further spirituality and symbolism in her trips that brought even more blaze to her inner growing ploy and eventually gave birth to Tissuville in Sweden.

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‘Wear it the way you want’ is a collection that makes you rethink how clothes can be worn in different ways in our daily life. This graduate collection was inspired by Erwin Wurm, Austrian sculptural artist; his sculptural art works had helped me to develop my idea and visualise my idea to final works.

This collection investigates to ignore the original features of menswear garment and recreate original features of menswear garment. The collection investigates on sculptural art works of the imagination and creativity to redefine ways of wearing garment and its functionality.

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Tanja Novak’s collection was inspired by the First Wave of Feminism. While researching the Suffragette’s she came across images of the first female boxers from the Victorian era. These images would form the basis of the collection concept. The female boxers are dressed in corseted cutoff dresses or ruffled and loose pieces, completely impractical for any form of sport. Tanja explored different forms of combat sports, and sportswear, both from a historical and contemporary angle.

The collection creates a bridge between historical Victorian and sports luxe infusion. Novak designs a wearable but alternative sportswear inspired line.

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Thomas Cox looked into how and why stereotypical homosexual men appear to be less intimidating and less of a physical threat to society but to the church and religion are considered a physical threat.

Historically and still in some cases today the church do not accept people who are different and do not fit into their tightly restrained world that is governed by rules and commandments. These men are therefore trapped by the vision society has of them in the cage they are forced into by the church.

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Timothee's influences are a mix of his own heritage, French and Algerian, and his interests, such as architecture, video games and his cats. His inspiration comes from the places he has lived in – his boyfriend's flat in New York City, and his parents place in the French countryside. Besides that, it is about objects and symbols bringing specific emotions, which he is bringing into his collection in different ways. he is using materials that portray the antagonism between traditional fabrics, reminding him of France, and contemporary fabrics, linked to the idea of New York.

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One of the fondest memories of Alegria Grifdal’s is her childhood in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. This mystical city is affluent in copious branches of artisanal expressions, she often visited workshops and studios with her family. Falling in love since a young age with the process of creating handcrafted and unique pieces, Following a powerful calling, Alegria embarked on a journey to acquire prolific skills through acclaimed schools, mentors, and master crafters in Mexico, Spain, and Italy.

While discovering diverse facets of the fashion and luxury industry, she also explored further spirituality and symbolism in her trips that brought even more blaze to her inner growing ploy and eventually gave birth to Tissuville in Sweden.

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Trang Hoang’s graduate collection ‘Colonialism’ started with an image of three Vietnamese female prisoners, entrapped by ladders over their heads. They were prisoners of the French, revolutionists under the French colonial rule in Vietnam during the late 19th - early 20th century. The ladder, which Trang envisioned as the symbol of the oppression of the Vietnamese under colonialism, became her main inspiration. She started to experiment with wooden structures to create ‘cages’ into clothes.

Her aim was to recreate the illusion of wooden ‘cages’ using wooden rods, which she either inserted into the garments with tubes or built a separated wooden structure to frame the garment away from the body.

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People use media for guidance, however, in the process of making themselves different they begin to lose themselves as they are overpowered by the norms and pressure of society. ‘PICTURE PERFECT’ is about the consolation that people find in becoming someone else. Hiding flaws just because one is not stereotypically beautiful has become the current norm of today. But "different is not bad, it is just not the same". The collection gets its inspiration from the artworks of Caroline Achaintre and Angela de la Cruz.

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Veronica H. Lee’s collection, titled Dressing Body, Undressing Humanity is a deconstruction of human nature through the process of dress. The collection explores the capacity of depravity within human beings using the symbolic decaying nature of the body as a metaphor for the decline of human morality. From the over-consumption of resources, the abuse of others, the massive scale of destruction in warfare, and our individual offences against one another, we see human beings commit atrocious acts throughout history and invariably in our daily lives.

The body of work demonstrates these ideas through a dichotomy of “spirit and flesh”. Flesh referring to ephemeral pleasures or urges i.e. one’s own body, wealth, material possessions, food, etc., and spirit referring to the intangible pursuits of the soul: love, peace, joy—things one can’t find incorporeal objects. Through this duality, the thesis juxtaposes this dark side of our nature with our yearning for hope and lasting satisfaction.

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The initial inspiration behind Valia’s vision was the irregular beauty of the hammock, its construction, behaviour to movement and function. The interaction of movement with light and the human body are translated into dimensional installation pieces with playful colours and intriguing handcrafted details.

After vast experimentation with different materials and techniques, the final compositions consist of hand-woven polyester yarns and other polyester materials which have been dyed with dye sublimation, while their core structure is the result of the wire that is woven together and incorporated as a backbone to the dimensional constructions.

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Viktoria Tisza’s collection, Splash, is a joyful collection combining the technology developed throughout the years of playing with silicone rubber and some vivid colours. The collection was showcased at New York Fashion Week at Pier59 Studios, at Bureau Seutail Showroom during London Fashion Week and at San Francisco Fashion Community Week in September, 2018.

The liquid nature of silicone rubber allows seamless pattern making as the pieces are all made through an accurate pouring and moulding process. The pieces are all handmade without including any machinery or advanced equipment. The designer is literally obsessed with the challenge of creating pieces with as less tools as possible, providing her with the freedom of creation anywhere.

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Vincent Lapp’s atheist vision of life settled the ground of his collection. The horror of Paris and Nice terrorist attacks always in his mind, he decided to dedicate his project to the development of political and social statement. His sister’s conversion to judaism triggered a deep interest in the conversion process and particularly in the religious symbols that have the power to attract individuals into faith. He fulfilled his focus by watching documentaries, movies, and especially the french movie Le Ciel Attendra which depicts how teenagers are lured to join jihadist movements through social media.

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Vinny Lim’s collection is inspired by the idea of distorted fear and anxiety. Fear is an emotional response from our brain when a person is facing a certain situation. Since it is a response from the brain, what if the brain is sending a false signal which causes false and inaccurate responses - an emotional distortion. So is the fear you’re experiencing, a lie or the truth?

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To create her SS19 graduate collection, entitled “L’amor perduto”, Viola Menchini took inspiration from topics that affected her personal life when she moved to the city and started to be in the fashion field: loneliness and today’s idea of love and relationships.

Loneliness is a significant topic particularly among women due to the fast lifestyle and long working hours, women prioritise themselves and their careers instead of their personal lives and feelings, also neglecting the need of a partner / family.

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Vols & Original’s inspiration comes from the desire of two souls sharing their passion for fashion, art and music with the world. Vols & Original founders Bart and Natalia, combine their backgrounds in music and fashion marketing to create a strong and edgy brand. Bespoke tailoring along with the duo’s passion for music and craftsmanship, are the core identities of the brand.

At the core of Vols & Original, is an inseparable design process where creation and music blend to shape the mood and rhythm of every piece.

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Weinan Pan seeks to offer self-awareness and empowerment, authenticity and self-identification to the wearer via her contemporary jewellery collection, ‘Nomadic Princess’, or called ‘Nomadic Tara’.

According to Buddhism, (Green) Tara was a princess before her enlightenment. Thus, ‘Nomadic Princess’ is not a princess in a castle, but a roaming free soul self-empowered with wisdom.

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Wen Yue Zhang’s graduate collection drew inspiration from the cult favourite Chinese movie Farewell My Concubine (1993), which upon its release had a lasting impact on young people of Wen Yue’s generation. The film is a harrowing narrative on history, politics, romance and drama that centers around two boys who grew up as apprentices to an opera school set in the mid-1920s. It follows them on their journey of rigorous training to master the art form of the Peking Opera.

In the film, the line “yet I am by nature a boy, not a girl”, is recited over and over again which points to the age old tradition of men performing female roles on stage.

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The concept of Winnie Yeung's final project is ‘Growing’. The initial inspiration comes from aerial photography of tulip fields in The Netherlands. Instead of using pen or acrylics to draw and paint, Winnie uses the knitting machine as her drawing tool, and the different kind of yarn as the medium.

Winnie loves experimenting with a range of knitting techniques and yarn combinations. Her first samples have become the visual and haptic inspiration for her next works. In addition, her research method is by observing the details of her samples and taking photographs to make further developments and improvements in the following iterations.

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During Xiao Qian's studies in BA Fashion Design at the University for the Creative Arts, she became fascinated with the knitting wear industry. As one of the important sectors in the manufacturing industry, it's constantly evolving with new materials, styles of knitting and machines being introduced. Enraptured by the different types of knitting machines, ideas came flooding to her.

These structures, large in their size and their power, can be fatal. At the same time, these specific machines, overwhelming as they are, are able to produce fine and delicate material.

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Xiaoqing Liu focused on the relationship between solid and liquid. The texture, structure and colours of the opposite materials reflect a variety of moods, which is what Liu based her collection on.

Liu was inspired by these diverse matters in the world as they exist in every aspect of our day to day lives. In order to understand what they demonstrate to each individual it was important to explore their materiality.

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Dubbed “Little Prince” (after the famed fable of childhood innocence suitable for all ages with its underlying philosophical treatise) there is no better name for Xiao Zhu’s first collection, which probes into the fragile friction between adulthood and childhood perception.

Through the view of both lenses, her designs take inspiration from kid’s drawings and childhood toys reinvented for adult appropriate dress. Bright, vivid colours were selected as backdrops to playful prints, building block inspired shapes and childlike scribbles. LEGO pieces were used to create whimsical accessories such as sunglasses, handbags and hats whilst some pieces were simultaneously applied as embellishments.

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Inspired by the visual aspect of physical changes that occur with time, Yana’s collection focus on wrinkles and the body’s shape. Her work is based on her personal feelings provoked by the ageing process of her own skin and the anticipation of its future changes.

According to Yana’s research there are two main opinions formed by social norms as well as personal feelings. One of them is positive: age is viewed as something to be proud of, as a testimony of valuable experiences and the visible part of our personality.

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Yana Myronova collection is about heritage, her roots and personal background, mad modernity. It is about challenges inside and outside of her, reflecting her history and creating the future. It is her past and wanting to break apart from this past somehow that has determined her to want to create something new.

“The future is looking for something new”

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Yayi Chen’s graduate collection “ in tran · sient ” takes root from her personal experience and observation growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Spain. “ in tran · sient ” is a collection of fashion, performance and film in collaboration with London-based artist Cathy Mou, which aims to question the overlooked and objectified labouring body of Chinese women in the European immigrant community.

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Following her pre-collection 2019 ‘The diary/ies’, where she described her imagined muse who was one of the twin spies, Yebin's final collection ‘Chapter 2. The Workbook’ was focused on the spies’ missions. The final goals of the missions were not revealed, however, the rules, process, and indications were secretly portrayed in her final collection.

What she wanted to convey with her final garments were the appearances of the spies during two secret missions. There were military uniforms, trainwoman’s uniform, daywear, and party wear as garment references according to the missions, and button in a wrong position, pocket bags pulled out, and changing clothes as secret communications.

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To provoke individual’s narratives, pareidolia phenomenon is used as an inspiration for ‘What or Who’ collection. This ubiquitous psychological illusion is especially pronounced when you see face-like objects and is translated as an individual story by the reminiscences, facial expression or signification. In the design process, Sim focused on transformation of the shape balancing between obviosity(the features of a face) and ambiguity(little scope for the imagination) so as to enhance wearers’ involvement.

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Yehua took primary inspiration from three elements: Rococo, Mari Antoinette and Crinoline. His collection mainly consists of oversized black suits, ruffled see-through blouses and white crinolines. Most importantly, he considers crinoline to be crucial in his collection for its resemblance with a birdcage, a symbol of limitation on absolute freedom. His collection had a focal point: the total self-liberation from negative feelings or opinions that people had on him, and the need to be sociable in order to blend in with the rest of the society. At first, the disrespectful attitudes received from many others had made Yehua feel slightly uneasy, and maybe even marginally upsetting.

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Yeonghun Noh’s collection was heavily inspired by Shahar Livne's recycling of plastic. Using this as a starting point, he focused his idea about ocean plastic pollution caused by fast-food brands. At this point, he came out with jesmonite, which is an eco-friendly material, to re-create the shape of the pieces from the actual plastic such as straw, coffee cup, sauce container and water bottle.

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I was particularly inspired by old or antique paintings and murals-the postures of individuals are a bit naive compared to realistic paintings but that is where it attracts me.

As a human being born with curiosity we often wonder about everything around us. I always love looking up to the sky and star-gazing since I was young, for me, astronomy is the exploration to the universe, the universe is actually everything that exists.The dark sky always leaves us with endless curiosity, imagination and expectation.

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The collection is based on Yilan’s experience of visiting Gothic churches in Western countries. She was moved by the peaceful and powerful vibe created by the Gothic interior with space and colourful light. With the interest in the way how the vibe influences audience, the collection encapsulates the sublime internal atmospheres, exploring and skilfully exploiting Gothic structural details to stimulate the particular feelings familiar to this genre.

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Nigerian designer, Yingi Goma’s graduate menswear collection draws inspirations from a street vendor in Nigeria. By viewing the African country with a third eye, she captures her Lagos car ride experience, the lifestyle and environment.

There is a mix of unusual garment fabrics such as tech net, plastic and hessian; shapes and oversized silhouettes. Draw cords passed through button holes, Detachable bags and draw string sack-like shapes that reference items street hawkers carry on their body. The use of embroidery and print for text reference is a key aspect that brings curiosity to the collection.

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In this collection, Ying Yang explored the lifestyle changes of first generation Chinese immigrants who are basined in Chinatown, New York. After being an immigrant herself and moving to NYC with family at the age of 13, Ying questions where she truly belongs to. Feeling like an outsider from both NYC and China. The collection involves a lot of personal emotions, with the garments documenting records of the designers’ own stories.

Ying travelled to China Town every week, observing the lives of many people. She interviewed them, shared stories and managed to get involved in their life. Taking pictures, documenting conversations. Witnessing the story they share and the connection they had.

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Body Memory is formed from the hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. The recollections that our body stores are not always ones that we are consciously aware of, such as sounds, smells, touches and so on.

These unconscious memories are imprinted all over our bodies on a cellular level. Therefore it is the cells that store information of our experiences, habits, and sensations. Things like skin, muscles and nerves all accumulate these details as they actively engage in our daily lives.

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Hila participated in a student exchange program at Trier University of Applied Sciences with their gemstone and jewellery department, for Fine art degree in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Her time there was a big influence when it came to using art to create her jewellery pieces. She would seek materials and forms that maintain a dialogue between culture and material.

Living next to a desert landscape influenced and inspired her when it came to creating her identity as an artist. The roughness, textures and colours drive her when she designs.

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“LOVE” a topic that has been heatedly dissected and debated and has become a never-ending source of enquiry, a subjective emotion that has been time again in pop-culture, sociology, psychology… As Plato and Socrates saw it, love was a mental disease, echoed by Haddaway’s infamously catchy song, ‘What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me’.

Yu Ching Shen, a Taiwanese designer, also reflects these realistic sentiments. During her studies at Kingston University for her Fashion MA course, she focussed heavily on textiles research, namely the concept of communicating emotions through textiles.

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“Have you really felt a natural world, a world which is full of various types of wildlife? I can only say that I have seen a small part of it, some of the last parts left behind in the process of urbanization. They are to me, unforgettable”. Yue Cui’s collection Animated Companion takes visual inspiration from the active postures of animals. The first idea came up when she saw the vivid posture of preserved animals in the museum which evokes the good memories of her childhood in a countryside.

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First of all, my first starting point for this project was about what I thought was fashion. I've always thought fashion was in the middle of art and commerciality. With this as a starting point, I researched artistic and commercial fashion. It was my early concept that I tried to make this collection by finding their midpoint. But as I talked to my tutors, I realised that this was not clear about the middle point or neutrality.

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With a focus on quality materials and vibrant hair colours, the inspiration behind Zapota Hair’s hair accessories range is clear – inventive forms, modern designs and minimalist architecture. Selecting the right colour is the first step in the making process. Zapota Hair have created a set of more than 500 colours inspired by the latest hair trends.

To make hair accessories Zapota Hair only use the best blonde hair from their trusted suppliers. They monitor their supply chain to ensure that the hair is obtained from ethical and non exploitative sources.

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Zexi Yu is redefining menswear. Her graduate collection, ‘Dandy In His Garden’, received a magical makeover via dazzling designs embroidered with flowers. Inspired