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Details of crystal growth as embellishment, photography: Geoff Brightling, 2012
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Detail of the satin coat, photography: Geoff Brightling, 2012

CRYSTAL COLLECTION

Inspired by rock formations, mineralogy and Roger Hiorns’ work ‘Seizure’, Crystal Collection explores a slow fashion approach, creating bespoke decorative embellishments which change over time, eventually to biodegrade. Using an environmentally friendly chemical, crystal embellishments were grown straight onto fabric, binding onto material fibres. Swarovski crystals are integrated into the design – which further highlights the controlled and uncontrolled paradox of these changing embellishments.

The garments, which acted as a canvas for this process, employ zero-waste pattern cutting principles to create soft sculptural pieces which adorn the body. They are created from ahimsa silk, an ethical alternative processed from cocoons without killing the pupae inside. In addition to this, bamboo silk and pre-consumer waste satin and lace from Italian textiles mills are applied, many of which were coloured with natural dyes.

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Developments for mixed media embellishments, 2012
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Crystal growth as embellishment with mixed media on skirt waistband, 2012
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Developments growing crystal embellishments on fabric, 2012
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Developments growing crystal embellishments on chain, 2012
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Petri dish development for mixed media embellishments, 2012
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Crystal growth as embellishment with mixed media on dress hem, 2012
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Final six looks from the Crystal Collection, photography: Geoff Brightling, 2012
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