Rebecca Armstrong is a Belfast based Womenswear Designer who graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2018.
Rebecca’s Graduate Collection, Shimmering and Dirty, explores the theme of femininity through the eyes of the 90s grunge scene. Her work takes inspiration from the work of photographers such as Corinne Day, who helped to pioneer this aesthetic in fashion photographs, often labelled raw due to their use of harsh lighting and a lack of retouching. The garments combine two contrasting elements of womenswear: lingerie and tailoring. Traditional pieces are deconstructed and reassembled, as well as being reimagined in unconventional fabrics.
Use of fabric in this collection plays an important role in subverting traditional ideas on femininity. Those fabrics traditionally associated with femininity and fragility such as lace, tulle and silk satin, are combined with harsh synthetics and leather to create a juxtaposition between delicate and hardwearing, translucent and opaque.
Rebecca has interned for various designers such as J.W. Anderson and Sharon Wauchob as well as working in Paris showrooms for Rick Owens and Joseph. Her work has been featured in a range of online publications and most recently a piece from her Graduate Collection was featured in Issue 27 of GQ Style Magazine in print.