May 30, 2019 | By Louise Squire
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Feb 19, 2018
Having visited a Photographic exhibition at London’s National Maritime Museum, Preen’s Thea Bregazzi and Justin Thornton were inspired by the images of the female “Hanyeo divers” from the Jeju Island off the coast of Korea.
Citing that “Jeju women are strong, energetic, and diligent” – which resonates with the clear messages on the power and strength of women – the duo presented a powerfully feminine collection creatively mixing scuba gear with the women’s everyday clothes.
Thornton and Bregazzi swathed and wrapped light silky materials around the body further placing emphasis on their ‘mermaid’ silhouette with the use of plisse and asymmetric cuts. Floral Prints cascaded over surfaces, resembling sea anenomes while artisanal handcrafting came layered with oversized or cropped cardigans pieced and patched.
Fish netting also appeared, lightly attached to hemlines, diving bells or ‘string’ bags while all manner of embellishments covered dresses in a show that resembled an otherworldly deep aquatic dive. –Lizzy Bowring
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