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underwear. I like nothing more than seeing my designs styled with a pair of heavy boots and a masculine jacket.


We love your Marilyn Dress; what is your favourite design and why? It feels wrong to have favourites but I think it would have to be my Lawrence dress, it’s from the same collection as the Marilyn dress, the Under my Skin collection. The designs were inspired by an essay I came across about the ways in which clothing has been used to show and hide the body throughout history. For example, the Marilyn dress draws your attention to the bust and hips without actually revealing them at all but instead exaggerating them with voluminous draped fabric in contrast to the slim fitting pleats around the waist. This creates the illusion of a Marilyn Monroe-esque hourglass figure.


The Lawrence dress was inspired by tudor menswear and uses a similar technique but this time emphasises


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the upper arms and shoulders. You’ll see this exaggerated silouette in portraits of Henry the VIII and it’s what makes him appear so powerful and domineering. I wanted to see what would happen if this typically masculine silhouette was placed on a woman.


Can you tell us a bit about where you create your designs (your creative space)? I’ve been working from a shared studio in Hackney, east London for the last 2 years, before that I was working in my tiny bedroom. It’s really inspiring being around other artists and designers and it’s great to surround yourself with people who understand the difficulties as well as the high points of working in a creative industry.


Who or what inspires you most in your work? This really varies from collection to collection but I try not to look too much at pre-existing clothing. I try to see as many films, plays and


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