Life has been an incredibly stylish rollercoaster!
By Zee Iqbal
Ikebana provided a divine sense of floral balance, looking at the connection between heaven and humanity and its representation through space and asymmetry. I used this concept to design the print I included in my collection, as well as the imbalance I incorporated into my garment design.
Finally, tulips were the model by which I presented my designs. Soft, graceful yet strong, they had the right characteristics for my line up and so I made sure that it was an apparent feature of the collection.
My presentation, called WOman: Tula, included the line up, each individual look detailed with line drawings, a swatch-board with different materials in different colours and accessory ideas, my moodboard and my research book, full of the developmental process that led to the final collection. This collection was one of my interpretations of the changing perception of women in society, and how there is an incredibly powerful paradigm shift occurring in the world.
At the time of presenting it felt like a dream, beginning with no experience, going through the challenges that come with the will to improve and completing this passion project. I was very proud of the journey that my classmate and I had taken to reach this point.
Our collections were met with much praise, and even more so with awe. We were awarded certificates of completion and tickets to London Fashion Weekend... what a way to celebrate this achievement.
I felt a sense of accomplishment and gratitude, and if I ever felt driven to achieve something, it was right there, standing in the middle of this amazing event. I envisioned my work one day hanging off the “Designers of tomorrow” racks, ready to change the world.
I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sad to see the end of this journey arrive. It taught me the values of good intention, hard work, perseverance and self belief.
Do what you love, and believe you can do it with all your heart (super cheesy I know, but 100% true).
This experience has empowered me to follow my dream of designing menswear with a view to changing the landscape of fashion as do the super designers of the world (You can keep up with my developments on Instagram).
"I envisioned my work one day hanging off the “Designers of tomorrow” racks, ready to change the world."