TRANSFORMED: Yasmin’s velvet Chloé dress, Natasha Zinko blazer, Y-Project denim trousers and Simone Rocha dress.
Rooted in her studies of black heritage, identity and displacement, Catherine Hudson designs use fabric manipulation techniques such as draping and wrapping to create a sense of tension. Key inspirations include 1990s Maison Margiela and the musical journeys of bands such as The Heptones and The Mighty Diamonds, who travelled from Jamaica to the UK in the 1970s.
How did you incorporate the theme of energetic healing into the project?
I explored visualising the flow of energy as it passes through the human being and outwards as auras into the universe. I researched the seven chakras but specifically focused on Anahata – the chakra of the heart that is associated with balance. I layered tulle around my selected pieces and incorporated crystals, which are embedded into the fabric to empower not only the garments but the aura and wellbeing of the wearer.
Why are upcycling projects important in the current climate?
There is now a collective understanding of the ecological impact that disposable fashion has on the environment and a better understanding of the poor treatment of garment workers. There are now easier and more socially responsible ways to consume fashion in a transparent and ethical way.
Catherine Hudson and fellow student Wesley Stuart-Hartwell (below) are set to launch Dismantle.The Studio, a collaborative, interdisciplinary studio and umbrella company for their individual brands. Watch this space…