The inspiration part was easy, I was immediately drawn to a beautiful cream silk bodice with iris embellishment that belonged to Lady Makins and was donated by the Parish family. Through conversations with the curatorial team at Gawthorpe Textile Collection, I learned that similar dresses would be worn only a few times before they were discarded or more probably, re-worked. An early take on the concept of disposable fashion.
I used the iris motif to create my own stencils for devore printing. I printed 3 different types of silk-viscose fabrics which could be offered to Lady Makins to make an alternative dress.
Presenting these as a mood board, allows the viewer to see my inspiration and design development from raised-work flower to printed fabric and contemporary interpretation of the iris embellishment using simple wire shapes.