Isobel’s was inspired by the Victorian era and the working class women who lived through it. The collection strives to tell the women's true tales and to celebrate their femininity. Design silhouettes were formed from archive garment research and the textiles were inspired by floral prints of the era and stripes. The colour palette was inspired by Queen Victoria's portraits to keep the collection light and to give the clothes a contemporary twist.
Isobel’s design silhouettes came from surviving imagery and fashion plates. The petticoat inspired dress was circe cut and gathered using CLO3D to mimic an underskirt. Each segment was cut from mens striped shirtings and then hand dyed and over tinted to replicate the opulent colour palette of Victorian portraiture. The dress features circle ruffles around the neck and a hand dyed cotton trim along the hem. The dress was toiled on 3D avatars and in fabric to save fabric when getting the fit.
Isobel’s final line up was creating using CLO 3D rendered avatars. Only two outfits were made due to the pandemic, however, she was able to create fabric samples and visualise the garments digitally. The textiles include over dyed shirtings, hand painted and dyed velvet devore, floral georgette devore, screen printed motifs and silk organza digital prints. The key was to capture the opulence of the era and translate it onto garments inspired by the working class women, this resulted in a light and colourful collection..
These are the final photos of the garments. Isobel was able to make the dropped-shoulder overcoat with a hand painted and dyed devore cape layer which is paired with the petticoat inspired dress. Also made was a shirting and georgette shirt which features devore floral motifs on the gathered sleeves. The mint green bloomer trousers are made of three shirtings which were all hand dyed and colour matched. The gloves and tights were also hand dyed to match the outfits. One model wears a digitally printed headscarf that shows a print also included in the line up.