Isabel Antic’s graduate collection ‘Deadly is the Female’ originated from researching the conception, development, and representation of the femme fatale archetype used in the film noir movement of 20th century cinema. The design concept and narrative of her collection follows the story of a femme fatale; from her introduction as a demure image of beauty and elegance to her transformation into a progressively mysterious and dimensional character.

Isabel became specifically inspired by the pivotal moment that happens in a Femme Fatale’s life in which she is compelled to go on the run and leave her old life behind, while adapting to a new reality she creates for herself.

Designing around the themes of transformation, dimension and femininity, Isabel’s collection displays these concepts through a variety of pattern cutting techniques. Her initial stand work and design development was inspired by the femme fatale’s transformation and metamorphosis. This led the stand work to show a changing balance between femininity and masculinity through uncommon placement of lapels and tailoring, layering of structure and drape, and asymmetrical silhouettes. Isabel’s collection also displays these themes through subtraction sewing techniques to represent the changing dimension of the characters which inspired her work.

The aim of Isabel’s collection is to provide the wearer with unique, contemporary garments that can be cherished for years and restyled to express the individuality of the wearer, while maintaining relevance and presenting a modern take on femininity.

Although the development of Isabel’s graduate collection was abruptly ended due to Covid-19, she had taken advantage of the resources she had at home to create as many pieces as she could. She aims to complete her collection in time and hopes to find platforms to share her work.