Grace Haggerty’s graduate collection was inspired by 1980s New York City and artwork by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Grace’s initial research began with a visit to the exhibition ‘Basquiat: Boom For Real’ at the Barbican in London. Here she took inspiration from Basquiat paintings to inform the colour story for her collection. Grace explored the ‘decade of excess’ with regards to shape and silhouette by challenging traditional menswear proportions and layering garments.
The manner in which the jackets are constructed relates to a particular photograph taken by Janet Delaney, in 1984 New York City, titled ‘Coats for sale’. The manner in which the coats were displayed inspired the method in which Grace adopted in garment draping and construction. Grace created an elegant and contemporary menswear collection from the front, through a less traditional choice of silken fabrics, but also showed her more humorous design side, by manipulating the jackets on the back, poking fun at the expected ‘perfect finish’ we are used to.
Following on from Grace’s Pre-collection, ‘The Green Landers’, which saw three looks made entirely of luxury tonal green fabrics, Grace was keen to adopt single-colour looks going into her final collection. Grace’s keen eye for detail was evident through the perfectly-matched coloured fabrics for each look, accessories, and shoes. Each power suit has custom hand-painted shoes by artist Sam Barratt @inkandpencils.