ABOUT   CONTACT    PRESS    CV     IG   







THESIS
STATEMENT
Clarke’s BFA apparel collection began with a dissection of her own wardrobe: a couple drawers contained  stained, threadbare and beloved hiking gear, while dresses and blouses in pristine condition hung in her closet. The dichotomy between the two became the inspiration for her senior thesis. This collection seeks to combine these two genres of clothing, abandoning the general sentiment that one needs proper, technical gear, in order to engage with the natural world. Through multiple visits to the RISD costume collection, she studied activewear pieces from the early 1900’s, and smocked childrens dresses, which provided valuable insight into the construction of these garments.

This collection is made completely out of second-hand material. The majority is made with natural fibers, sourced from charity shops, and cut-offs from a sheet factory in Massachusetts. These textiles have since been dyed with foraged willow, and rusted metal. Through this body of work Clarke challenges current value systems by highlighting the tension between garments that are clean and those that are dirty.





PROCESS

INSPIRATION

RESEARCH

18th century men’s shirts, smocked girls’ dresses, contemporary hunting vests, stained clothing, repaired clothing, smocking seen in stores, french flea market blouses, interior finishes and seams, pocket constructions


FABRIC MANIPULATIONS


SKETCHBOOK




MODEL FITTINGS





NATURAL DYEING

Clarke wanted to introduce non-synthetic colors, as there is an immense amount of environmental destruction resulting from standard chemical dyeing practices. She delved into the world of natural dyeing using foraged willow, scraps of rusted metal, walnut hulls, and various wildflowers.


   





STUDIO



ILLUSTRATED LINE-UP

6 womenswear looks, 1 childrenswear look









SIX LOOK LINE-UP







SMOCKED BACKPACK TANK, DROP CROTCH LINEN PANT


REPURPOSED TENT MIDI DRESS



WOOL TWO PIECE SET, REVERSIBLE WRAP VEST AND ASYMMETRIC SHORT 





BUNGEE CORD FORAGING DRESS



REPURPOSED TENT TANK, WAXED CANVAS COAT, WILLOW DYED SHORT


WINGED SMOCKED DRESS


CHILDRENS CREEK DRESS (SIZE 7)




LOOKBOOK





































GARMENT RACK DESIGNED & CRAFTED BY THEODORE GOLSTEIN




















MODELS: XANDER JOHNSON, ELEANOR MCQUEEN, RALUCA VLAD, BLAIR WICK
PHOTOS: IZABELA CLARKE