A Proud Sista Collaboration

Every other week seems like a manageable task to upload, right? That’s what we’re aiming for here.

Anyways, I’m back for the second time since my hiatus to talk about my collaboration with Proud Sista. Founded by Cheryl and Heather small, (formerly part of the band M People) I was set the task of designing an outfit to match a Proud Sista piece that would walk the catwalk at Bolton Fashion Festival. Here was the process…

It started with a mood board, looking at Proud Sista as a brand, their consumer and ideas to style the garments. Proud Sista isn’t a gender specific brand so I had to keep this in mind when coming up with a concept. Working with the deadstock fabric I had available, it became apparent denim should inspire the direction of the outfit. Ultimately, the mood board headed into street style and demonstrates me working out how to inject colour into the outfit (the answer is: patchwork together other fabrics).

Above highlights the final technical drawing I put together so I knew exactly what I was doing when it came to construction. I based the patterns off my graduate collection with slight alterations. I also wanted to keep a signature piece that works itself into everything I do; the detachable pocket. The tech drawing gave an overall idea of what I was aiming for. But did it end up looking anything like that?

You can decide that one. This was the finished look, modelled by moi, and I was pretty happy with the outcome. I thought the patchwork worked better than expected and I love that the idea of having a cut-out back to show the Proud Sista t-shirt came to life.

And this was the final look that ran the catwalk. I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to work with such a cool brand like Proud Sista but also the chance to showcase it thanks to Bolton Fashion Festival. Who knows when another opportunity like this will come along, maybe I should finish this degree first though..

See you next week *potentially*

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