eliza collin

My graduate collection ‘Orlando’ (2015) imagined a space where we are not defined within the limits of the gender that society assigns us, but able to develop individually without the influence of expectation. I wanted to create a collection that was not limited by fears gendered people might have about expression, but one that was able to work with those fears. The pieces were a montage of the centuries spanned during Sally Potter’s adaptation of Virginia Wolf’s ‘Orlando’ (1992). The concept plays with the ideas of sex swapping within the embroidered scenes, barely visible, merging into the textures and folds of the garments themselves but there in texture spanning the surface and covering the body.