The starting point for this season’s collection was the film Cleopatra starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
I was drawn to the performance of gender and desire and the over exaggerated display of sexuality within the film. The films themes of love and war become inextricably entwined and dressing for the occasion is as crucial off the battlefield as on it.
Deciding to take the driving theme of love (both on and off screen for taylor and burton) very literally I decided to dissect a heart. I had no idea what to expect but I was amazed by the variety of textures, colours and forms I found.
I discovered I could see not only the thin transparent veins on the outside of the heart but also air and liquid moving around inside them. This prompted me to experiment with transparent chanels of organza with gold chain threaded through.
The print design (a first for this season) is at first glance a leopard print as worn by Burton in Cleopatra but is actually made up of a repeated motif which came from a shape created by stretching a porous section of the heart.
Motherhood for Cleopatra is an expression of womanliness and power and I wanted to hint at this in the silhouettes and cut of the collection. Some of the pieces combine curvaceous silhouettes with a rigidity of form. Curved waist seams on some of the pieces are a further nod to this theme.