Sara’s collection “The Last Tudor” is based on research about power and status displayed in the dress of the nobility during the Elizabethan Era. Through her research, she also explored the link between the Church and the State, and between religion and power.
While power was historically consigned, almost exclusively to men, Queen Elizabeth I was a paradox in 16th Century society, an unmarried, childless ruling Queen; and fashion played an important role in the creation of the image that enforced her power: A Virgin Queen with a cult comparable to that of the Virgin Mary. The woman that inspired the collection was confident, distant and ethereal and the collection is for the modern woman of today who embodies these attributes.
The collection is focused on textiles. The motif of the repeated rhombus was inspired by an embroidery motif popular during the Elizabethan time, which Sara tried to modernized. She experimented with various techniques to obtain her final fabrics. By using methods such as screen printing, devoré, machine and hand stitching and combining different fabrics she was able to create lavish, yet modern textiles. While the fabrics are extravagant the silhouettes are kept streamlined and simple.