Layers and sliced.

Shirt + tailored jacket + Chair = ?

A collective of works made from shirting fabrics with the application of laser cutting and various tailoring techniques. The toiling being undertaken explores the different ways in which a shirt can be applied to the body. The use of both men’s and women’s shirts has been imperative as certain qualities of both function better with different orientation on the body.

I have chosen to build each initial basic shirt from flat patterns, as opposed to using recycled garments. Whilst it is a more time consuming process, it allows me to develop a better understanding of the basic construction of shirt elements, including the button tab, placket, collar and cuffs, as well as the various seam finishes that can be used.

Moving through the design process I have been able to simplify my designs and garment structures to form cleaner lines, an original aim, with reference to the architectural work of Ammar Eloueini. It has allowed me the chance to explore tailoring techniques and modernised construction techniques in unison with one another. I have brought bonding into my work in order to achieve raw, clean-cut finishes.

Laura Sestito

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