Reflecting on Studying Fashion

In May, I finished my two years of studying Fashion and Textile Design. My thoughts? Not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love and admire the industry. I enjoy every minute of creating/designing, and without it I wouldn’t have the skills I have now. But it took those two years to finally accept that my interest is, and always has been directed more to historical costume than contemporary trends.

No matter how much I tried, my designs were still heavily influenced by the past, which is common in fashion. But as more and more modern designers now relish in new fresh ideas, I found myself yearning for the impractical yet beautiful, intricate and fascinating fashion of centuries gone by. And I didn’t want to just be influenced by them, I wanted to make them myself.

Now, after starting Theatre Costume in Edinburgh, Scotland, I finally feel comfortable in what I am creating. I can look back at the past two years and appreciate what I have learned. The subject is great if you are a creative person. But be warned, you must be willing to put the hours in, you won’t get by on talent alone. If you’re worried or unsure about studying fashion, I say go for it if you think it will make you happier than studying anything else.

I will always love fashion, and who knows, maybe I’ll find myself coming back to it in years to come. I thought I would share some of my work here from various different project for anyone interested or thinking about studying fashion and textiles. Enjoy!

Ciara x

Chosen photo from photoshoot, inspired by The Thomas Crown Affair 11327003_496938013791047_922494068_n Leaf vein research through mark making and netting  Reasearch inspired by the similarities between trees and human veins Manipulating fabric, screen printing and foiling inspired by shapes seen within bark Sketchbook page - Roots design development and texture analysis Collection inspired by leaf veins and samples in progressToiles inspired by kaleidescope image of my bark photograph