We are very excited to announce that Katarina Lindell, a final year student on BA Fashion Design, has got through to the finals of the Fashion Awareness Direct competition. The brief this year was to design a ‘mini-collection’ of two outfits, menswear or womenswear, which explores the commonalities of physics and design. Students were encouraged to seek parallels with a scientist’s approach, to conduct their own experiments and to develop processes which provoke discovery and thought.
Katarina’s submission was inspired by her fascination with snow she developed whilst growing up in Finland, and the unique structures the snowflakes take on. This led her on to exploring the otherwise unseen, delicate morphogenetic structures found in natural processes. During her research she came across the Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka and his art installation Crystallized, which also became inspirational in her own experimentation of crystallisation which she applied to fabrics creating exquisite results. Katarina’s designs include these fabrics and the collection examines the relationship between nature and human beings as well as challenging the conventional views many people have on menswear and breaking the rules of how certain things should look.