Jessica’s collection explores the representation and impersonation of witchcraft throughout the ages. She began by looking at 16th-century woodcuts and etchings that depict witches with disfigured hunched backs and forward shoulders, and from this, she developed some of her key silhouettes. The haggard physique of the witches mixed with their essence of mystical spirituality engaged Jessica both visually and conceptually which lead to her utilizing exaggerated silhouettes.
As she researched further she became fascinated with both the Knights Templar and Joan of Arc due to them both being falsely accused of witchcraft to ensure their execution. At this point, she became captivated by armour and its function, specifically the pivoting Poleyn and detachable elements. Through these interests, Jessica appropriated historical methods and aesthetics of design and reinvented them through the gaze of a modern artist.
the gaze of a modern artist.
Looking at old Halloween photographs inspired both her textiles and choice of fabrics. The use of household furnishings, upcycled clothes and second hand materials engaged Jessica as she believed it important to utilize pre-existing fabrics and materials to help tackle sustainability and product waste in the modern fashion industry. The use of second hand fabrics allowed for an outwardly glamorous collection that is set aside from the stereotype of neutral colours and cotton that are commonly associated with sustainable fashion. This allowed for the creation of garments that are seemingly frivolous but simultaneously have a positive impact on the environment.