Name: Kayleigh MacBeth
University: Heriot-Watt University
Course: Fashion Design For Industry
I love the research especially and design development. Collaging is my strong point and I think my strength is to turn my crazy little collage into clothes.
I can’t remember a time I ever thought “When I grow up I want to be a fashion designer”. I used to want to be an astronaut. In some way fashion has chosen me. I knew I was always really good at art in school and one thing has always led me on to another and I ended up doing them.
I don’t think I have one person who inspires me. I take inspiration from all designers, it is important for me to be opened minded.
The “theme” was Alba. A Character I created who is half human and half robot. I contrasted the two sides of her life and started taking inspiration from the botanic gardens in Glasgow and the transport museum. I wanted to show that she is beautiful yet vulnerable; in one outfit I used heat reactive fabric, it basically acts like mood ring in a dress.
However she is still just a machine with no heart. I wanted to force the question to the viewer, ” Ok, she looks like a human but she is still a robot…does she have a soul?”
I have a lot of leather in my collection. My favourite fabric is the “Scrunchie metallic” leather jacket; a lot of people don’t think it is leather until I tell them. I used heavy weight upholstery for the fish tail dress to make it hold it’s shape. I used beautiful suede for the flared skirt, pigskin for the metallic trousers and arm snood. Pleated organza for the gown and I foil printed lame for the leggings.
It is hard to say because I am so involved in it. I imagine people would says it is futuristic, feminine and different.
My next step is to finish my portfolio, I know I need to have a strong portfolio to get me a job; I need to show I can flex my fashion muscles not only in my style of designing.
Not so much a 5 year plan, I have said to myself if I do not get a job by September, I am going to start my own label. I think a dream come true would be for most designers to have their own successful label.
Definitely go for it. Fashion has so many different areas and markets that I am still finding out about. You just have to work hard and go with you own instincts. Don’t be afraid to ask questions either.