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Amanda Svart

MA work

The Fragile Boundaries

My Master’s collection explores the freedom within the constraints imposed upon us. I have studied the dialectic between the innate human urge for freedom versus reactions to confinement caused by constraints imposed on women by situational forces. I have drawn upon commonalities of expression of women committed to old-fashioned institutional care, the defiance of the female characters in Ingemar Bergman’s 60s Trilogy, and frustrations felt by many women in contemporary society. I am fascinated by the response of strong women who, faced with structures, authority or tradition that cannot currently overpowered, remain defiant, determined not to have their will curbed, preserving strength to eventually break free of these constraints.

In modern abstract art I find resonance for these ideas in the work of Royal College of Art Alumni and sculptor Richard Deacon. He frequently uses sections of hard materials held together by screws and rivets to create organically rounded, undulating, but still rigid frames defining boundaries around open spaces. In this context I interpret these frames as a set of restrictions imposed on us defining our freedom to manoeuvre as the open space within their perimeters. Deacon’s boundaries are, however static, fragile in that they are often quite thin and consist of many small parts mechanically held together like links in a chain. I have incorporated sections of disintegrated frames in my collection to symbolise that a strong woman has the power to break her confines but will nevertheless still be faced with part restrictions she has to learn to cope with in current society.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2016

  • Following two years of design courses at Central Saint Martins, I completed my BA at the University of Westminster with First Class Honours and showed my BA collection at the Westminster Fashion Show at Ambika P3 in 2014. During my time at Westminster I spent a sandwich year in industry, and worked for houses in London, New York and Paris. In the spring of 2016 I was selected as finalist in the Festival d’Hyeres where my Form Flow Collection was awarded the Prix du Public.

    I design to express strength through femininity. My belief is that strong women should allow themselves to reveal their sensitive, fragile sides and become stronger from this. Originality, choice and treatment of fabrics, and quality of finishings ought, in my mind, to enable dressing in and wearing garments a sensual experience and instil a feeling of being in control while tactfully balancing the need to cover and the desire to reveal the body.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design, University of Westminster, 2014
  • Experience

  • Design Internship, Lanvin, Paris, May – September 2013 ; Sample room internship, Marc Jacobs, New York, January – April 2013; Sample room, internship and freelance, Roksanda Ilincic, London, July – December 2012 and May 2014; Atelier internship, Vicktor & Rolfe, Amsterdam, December 2011 – March 2012; Internship, Meadham Kirchhoff, London, August – September 2010 and July – September 2011
  • Awards

  • Prix du Public, Ville d’Hyères, 2016