Inspired by working women of the forties I will focus on the oversized workwear they wore and the volume, folds and creases that these garments created.
Imagine young women in the war era borrowing their husbands clothes for the work they took over whilst the men were away. Whether it was a war factory or aviation, the oversized boiler suits and classic MA1 bombers and jackets they wore in the day will provide inspiration for my collection. I will contrast this grungy workwear style with the idea of what women wore underneath or got changed into that evening. Key garments such as french knickers, suspenders, camisoles and slip dresses will be layered to represent the women’s femininity.
Gathers and quilting will be used to create volume were the fabric is scrunched and overlapped on oversized garments. To add shape I will use ways of pulling in this volume with the use of drawstrings, straps and ties.
Alongside this menswear style of clothing I would like to create softness through a dusky colour palette of pinks, classic navy suiting and army green colours. The use of silks, chiffon and sheer organza’s, layered with lace trims represent the loungewear style of this collection.