Dave started out inspired by medieval armour and the patterns and imagery that were used to decorate it.
“I specialised in print design for fashion development, working on prints then fabrics. I’d never made dresses before, so I actually had to teach myself how to sew for the annual end-of-year student fashion show,” explains Dave, who graduated this summer.
“I worked by pinning the fabric on the mannequin, using different colours and laser cut materials, such as leatherette and 3D forms.”
One of Dave’s stand-out dresses boasts a black perspex grid wrapped around a dress while another features different printed samples that have been used together to make one complete dress. With a Brothers Grimm influence in the styling, he uses a mix of materials and techniques, including soaking cotton in a mix of glue and water which stiffens the fabric so it can be set into the desired shape and form.
After hand-painting and dyeing the fabric, then leaving it to dry overnight, the result is a series of individual sculptural pieces. With his high-end conceptual approach, the world of theatrical costume design is sure to come calling.
Although new to the fashion side of things, having started his degree by focusing on printing, Dave has recently worked with Anna-Marie Henderson at her Platform events, and plans to do two more fashion shows this Autumn, including one for Culture Night Belfast. Inspired by Alexander McQueen, over the next few months Dave will be busy working on new designs to bring us his sculptural ‘wearable art’.
Some of Dave’s designs will be on sale at Proof Boutique– Grainne Maher’s new pop-up shop on Jameson Street just off the Ormeau Road. For more information on Proof- visit their Facebook page. To see his work and for more information, visit his facebook page The Fairest of Them All.
Photo above left: Photo from ‘Bullet Proof’ for Proof Boutique. Photo by Robin Cordiner, Creative Direction and Styling by Katrina Doran, Make-up by Brona Currie at Ciara Daly, Hair by Debbie Woods at Paul Stafford Hairdressing. Model – Mandy Soto.
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