MANCHESTER FASHION INSTITUTE, MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

KATIE CLARKE

KATIE CLARKE

Initially exploring the relationship between clothing and what is considered masculine and feminine, this collection looks at the current shift towards female empowerment, which has resulted in a decidedly grown-up feel, using sharp hand tailoring combined with romantic pleats and ruffles to create a boldly feminist statement.

The clean lines and flowing shapes have clear Victorian influences, (based on strong female protagonists from Victorian literature ), but with a fresh, modern take on the period that never feels nostalgic, but rather hints at the decadence of the era.

The delicate handling and abundance of fabrics adds a richness and luxurious feel to the collection, creating fluidity around the female body during movement when worn. The monochrome palette emphasises the fullness of the silhouette, focusing on the tailoring of the shoulders as a symbol of power, whilst the use of luxury fabrics in volume and layers creates a contemporary look which has a more timeless approach to designing.