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James Kelly

MA work

'I wanted you...'

My final Womenswear collection is based on the relationship between a man and a woman, and in this particular collection, it is a memory that is photographically captured, a memory of a boy and his jacket from her past. The flashback hits the girl like a gust of wind or a storm. So the jackets are exploded to huge proportions and trench coats are distorted, flowing away from the girl. ambiguous textures are also explored throughout the collection, the use of alpaca hair and Ostrich feathers are used to create a dreamlike strangeness, that the jackets and coats grow from, creating a haze of confusion and beauty. The deeper darker colours of greens, greys and blues lend a more sombre, melancholic and storm like feel to the clothes, creating a lingering atmosphere.

Integral to my research are photographers Mark Morrisroe, Stephan Wurth and David Armstrong. They all have an incredible certain way of capturing a moment, capturing youth, memories and moments. The moments they capture have inspired all the following factors, textures, colours, they way clothes are seemingly falling from the body and the essence of a male youth who my woman longs for.


  • Final collection
  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2014

  • As a designer, I have a huge interest in the strange, dreamy and ambiguous. Constantly looking at strange textures, colours and shapes, my womenswear consists of the familiar becoming unfamiliar and a myriad of elements combined together to create something new.

  • Degrees

  • BA Hons, University for the Creative Arts, 2012
  • Experience

  • Internship, Erdem, 2011