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Caitlin Charles-Jones

MA work

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I feel strongly that garments should be exquisitely constructed and innovatively designed whilst maintaining an underlying sense of functionality. I aspire to create clothes that people can truly live in and that will form an integral and trusted part of a woman’s wardrobe.

With this in mind the collection explores the concepts of ornament and function in co-existence. Bauhaus teaching that while form and function are the primary concerns of good design aesthetic merit is still of value, forms the basis of my approach towards combining the two concepts.

Inspiration is taken from classical architecture as the highest form of function, where ornament becomes integral through wall mouldings and surface enhancement. 

This idea is combined with the work of the artist Frank Stella who also uses classical architecture as a starting point for his collages, where it is translated into two and three-dimensional forms and structures of his own aesthetic. 

The garments themselves are accessible and recognisable as grounded in ‘real clothes,’ the resultant clean and bold silhouette enables the fabrication, construction and placement of colour to come forward as key features.

Info

  • Profile
  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2014

    Specialism

    Knitwear

  • Design is a very personal phenomenon; it’s not only personal to the designer and creator, but it is personal to the people who look at it, use it or wear it. This is the underlying concept for all my work. I embrace the idea that what began as an extension of me, can become an extension of someone else in a very different way. This is an idea that fuels my research process. In order for me to be inspired and produce designs lucidly and confidently I have to make my research my own. 

    Although I am a very visual person, words are an essential starting point for me when pursuing any avenue of research; reading and writing is my initial undertaking and my visual inspiration grows from there. I combine the collation of imagery, source pieces and objects with my own drawn responses, collages and interpretations so the research evolves into a more personal response. I feel strongly that research is the key to making something original, I may be travelling down a well-trodden road but my reaction to it is unique and all my own. 

    My ultimate goal is to start my own label focusing on knitwear specifically; initially however my aim is to gain knowledge and experience of the industry by working for other large, luxury fashion houses.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fashion Design, Kingston University, 2012; Foundation Art and Design, London College of Fashion, 2009
  • Experience

  • Graduate Capsule Collection, George at Asda, 2012; Internship, Sibling, 2011; Internship, Erika Trotzig, 2010; Internship, Aquascutum, 2007
  • Exhibitions

  • Graduate Fashion Week, London, 2012
  • Awards

  • Company Award, Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters, 2014; Visionary Knitwear Award, Graduate Fashion Week, 2012
  • Conferences

  • Publications

  • Vogue Talents, Italian Vogue, September 2012; Europe Rising Fashion Designers 2, Paul Gottelier, pp 98–99