Rachel’s Final Fashion Collection Recognised by Prestigious Lancaster City Museum
University Centre at Blackburn College student Rachel White’s work has been recognised by Lancaster City Museum.
Rachel, who studies BA (Hons) Contemporary Fashion, based her final fashion collection ‘Freefall’ on World War II uniforms worn by the Lancaster regiment.
She spent many weekends at Lancaster City Museum, studying and researching the P37 standard uniform, jacket and trousers.
Rachel, 48 from Blackburn, said: “I’m delighted the Museum have recognised my work, completing this collection in lockdown was a new challenge. I had to get creative with how I was going to photograph the collection.
“My whole idea was based around a parachute and I wanted to design a collection that is worthy of a catwalk. I was inspired by the 1940s ‘Dresses from the Skies’ concept, so I borrowed a digital camera, took the garments into my backyard and hung them from trees to make them appear like they fell from the sky.
“I even hung them on my washing line! I displayed the dress on a mannequin and added a gas mask, in keeping with the military styling.”
When talking about her work, Rachel added: “I developed the two-piece with telescopic sleeves to combine elements from the infantry and parachute regiment. The two jumpsuits I have designed are inspired by the parachute regiment’s first one-piece called a ‘Step-in Smock’.
“The dress is inspired by a deployed parachute in descent. To create the dome shape, I created a crinoline cage to go under the dress. The puffball sleeve of the dress is a representation of the smaller pilot chute.”
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9 Jun 2020, 12:19 PM