Cyber-Dandy cyclewear: The future of vintage
The initial inspiration for my graduate collection came from my love of Cycling Fashion History.
With a focus on the late 1800’s, I decided to concentrate on French Posters that were very popular at this time. I chose one in particular from Artist ‘Misti’ for Cycles Clement poster. I loved the way the poster expressed freedom and liberty for women.
To make my garments a modern appropriation of this, I acquired permission to take some modern brightly coloured cartoon samples from Illustrator Brad Tuttles comic images. I felt this would add a contemporary as a high contrast to the traditional Tweeds that I would be using.
I started looking at cycling events such as the Tweed Run, Eroica and The Goodwood Festival, taking inspiration from the materials and silhouettes of the clothing worn, but I also took functional and practical elements from modern road cycling clothing and added necessary function to the traditional garments.
After creating two pre-collections of aesthetic and functional designs I merged both into one collection for my Graduate Collection.
At first I considered putting the brightly coloured garments as the outer layers, but then changed it to just the layers that fit close to the body.
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