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Following my aesthetic — deconstructivism mainly through upcycling materials and masculine tailoring, but also romantic silhouettes that embraces modern femininity, my current collection looks into women surrealist and their relationship with male surrealist, how their works were forgotten and overshadowed by the men, hoping to bring justice to the women artists through my work. This project also shows resourceful ways of using objects around the house to generate ideas during this lockdown.
I am Nadine Acquaah, I’m 22 years old, graduating from London College of Fashion in summer 2020 with BA (Hons) in Womenswear Fashion Design: Technology. My major influences emanate from the realm of escapism; encapsulating cultural differences from a world where I feel unorthodox. “I have always felt like I had dressed in an unusual way and had a strong interest in sci-fi and surrealist objects, I aspire to connect to other people who combine an eccentric streak with boldness and also are passionate about science-fiction and fashion”.
My concept is set in fictional 2077, where Mars tourism is affordable and commonplace. My muse is a Botanist working for NASA, whose daily activities embrace travelling on Mars’ surface to habitat’s where specialist vegetation and food crops are being trialled. She needs protective and thermal clothing to survive the harsh conditions, using wearable technology, highly protective layered fabrics such as Teflon and waterproof seam sealing tapes.
Key influences for my collection originate from retro spacesuit design, extreme weather survival clothing and compression sportswear. My ambition for my collection is to prepare for future colonisation of Mars, to survive, to be functional, to be adaptable and to prototype technologies which are transferable to use in Earth’s harsh environments. In the future, I intend to continue working with wearable technologies in my garments.
Wearable Technology and Virtual Clothing are still niche markets in the fashion industry, I aim to change people’s perceptions and perspectives on the possibilities and potential strengths these garments offer to enhance their lifestyles. I also envision virtual clothing as a showcase for technological fabrics which promotes innovative designs and facilitates a more immersive experience when consuming fashion.