Colour-thesis, Szilvia Farkasdy’s graduate collection was inspired by Johannes Itten’s study on colours. Szilvia wanted to make a collection based on the three basic colours (red, yellow, blue) choosing knitting as a technique. She aimed to observe all the opportunities that knitting and colours could provide, such as colour mixing or pattern design. The final plan was to create a colour gradient on knitted clothes.

During the design process, she set out two main tasks. First, to design several patterns using the three basic colours and forms. Second, to knit monochromatic structures to examine how one colour can change by light, shadow and surface plasticity. By mixing the basic colours and forms, Szilvia created new colours such as orange, purple and green. She could also observe the seven colour contrasts, as written by Itten. She received textures where one colour got various shades due to the surface alterations.

After experimentation, it was time to match patterns and textures with exact garments. During the process, the most challenging part was to place the structures and patterns most advantageously. It was important to show all mixed colours, the bright patterns, as well as the monochromatic pieces harmoniously.

Final sketches for Szilvia’s graduation collection where the clothes were knitted and made of cotton. This line up shows the main goals, the colour gradient, the colour contrasts, the patterns and the monochromatic looks.

And the photos of the collection: