Apr 13, 2018 | By Samuel Trotman
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Kingston University menswear graduate Renée Bedell celebrates the ancient craft of indigo and tailoring in her Autumn 2014 collection “On Indigo”.
Having your graduate collection picked up by an international retail boutique is a rare opportunity only a select few students will get to experience each year. Renée Bedell, a recent menswear fashion graduate from Kingston University was one of those lucky ones, when her ‘On Indigo’ collection was snapped up by London-based concept store LN-CC.
The A/W 14 collection takes inspiration from two seemingly different craft traditions, firstly the ancient craft of indigo in China, and secondly the craft of tailoring – both of which reflects part of my her own identity having come from both worlds. Immaculate suit jackets, slouchy trousers and elongated shirts are crafted from a stunning selection of traditionally made tribal cloths. Each cloth was made on hand looms in narrow pieces that are stitched together; each piece used featured is between thirty and eighty years old. The tactile fabrics feature patterns symbolising migration, stories and ancestry marked in batik and hand dyed in natural Indigo inks. These stories echo throughout the rest of her collection also; in laser cut suede and denims.
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