Originally inspired by the behaviour of the social classes, with their differentiation and integration through taste and consumption; an exploration into the fashions of the English Renaissance and Grayson Perry’s The Vanity of Small Differences took place. This research lead to a study into Dante’s Divine Comedy, with particular interest in Inferno.

The aim of the collection was to provide a subtle mockery of the practised differentiation of the social classes, demonstrating that the social classes are ultimately, not that different; and eventually all end up in the same place anyway (as per Dante’s Divine Comedy). The collection unifies the social classes through its imitation of contemporary and English Renaissance fashion techniques with an avant-garde and rebellious twist.

Although opulent, this collection is dark and provocative. Gothic by literary definition, Lacrimosa exudes romance but maintains its mournful, melancholy mood. Gloomy eroticism is brought to life through references to Dante’s Inferno, reminding us that Death and Punishment will inevitably come for us all. Lamenting the death of what once was; of fashion, society, order and disorder; Lacrimosa personifies The New.