The people of Maasai often wear striped patterned clothing consisting of bright colours such as red and yellow. Their clothing commonly consists of layers of sheets wrapped around the body to protect them from the weather. The garment design I am presenting is an interpretation of their traditional clothing called a Shuka, which means sheets.
A study on the diverse range of traditional clothing historically worn around the world titled 'Tribes', this project explores regional fashion and its connection to our collective identity, geographical origins and history.
Each piece in this collection is a modern take on traditional clothing characterised by form, colour and symbolic elements seen on regional clothing around the world. The first collection will consist of five designs based on garments from China, Kenya (Maasai Tribe), Southern Africa, the Middle East and Europe.
The project aims to celebrate these different cultures and styles through an immersive digital show where the audience can walk through and view all the works on display. The exhibition will be a short journey that concludes with a final garment design consisting of all the different regional styles.