Manchester Fashion Institute, UK

Amy Redford


For thousands of years, Maori tattoo design has entranced us with its simultaneous simplicity and complexity. By layering simple shapes and solid lines together, the body becomes a canvas for a huge portrait of life. Each shape and design has meaning, and when put together, forms a story. Amy Redford’s collection, ‘Ink Exaggerated’ incorporates the research she has carried out on Maori culture, with vibrant colours and creative textures. Hours upon hours have been spent hand-weaving ostrich feathers and colourful yarn into the garments, developing a new application through her research.
Silhouettes in the collection include a huge, exaggerated coat with multiple panels and sleeves inserted like triangles. Adding a touch of elegance Amy has made a 100% Orissa Dupion silk corset dress, consisting of seven meters of the fabric and adorned with ostrich feathers.