Anna Stoane

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My Graduate collection, ‘The Hidden Kingdom’, is inspired by ten species of fungi and their marvellous fruiting bodies. Like fungi, my collection doesn’t define under a certain label. I use techniques and materials that stretch the boundaries of textile and fashion disciplines, such as plasma cut copper body adornments.

My collection is for luxury women’s occasion wear for Spring/ Summer 2021. It includes timeless pieces that embody the individual wearer and their unique style. It has an element of bespoke with each piece designed and named after my clientele, however, my collection is timeless, ageless, and will flatter anyone with the ultimate goal of making women feel like the best versions of themselves.

It includes a series of manipulated silk garments, as well as copper and wood hardware body adornments that can be used as separate jewellery pieces or as styling pieces that sit on top of the silk, altering and distorting its natural drape on the body, whilst cinching silhouettes in places that flatter the individual wearer for a fashion forward finish that is dramatic yet wearable.

My collection celebrates slow hand craft, focusing on quality, authenticity and uniqueness with smocking, pleating, beading, ruffling and indirect prints. It also embraces generated perfection with my soft and sharp digital prints and plasma cut copper.

It celebrates the weird and wonderful power of duality- combining, contrasting, juxtaposing, and harmonising handcraft with technology; structure with fluidity; soft materials with hard; ‘edited’ trends with my style aesthetic and my clienteles’; soft focus with sharp; and certainty with ambiguity and the unknown.

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