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Fashion Finalist 2016/Lianne Tyler

The idea of transformation is the driving force of my creativity...

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The idea of transformation is the driving force of my creativity. Creating the unexpected from conventional materials has always fascinated me.

The competition piqued my curiosity about how I could produce a textile using cement/concrete and possibly, liquid rubber. I was excited to explore the endless frustrations, failures and successes that resolved with the positive result being a beautiful, wearable garment.

I didn't want to apply the concrete directly onto a garment – this has been done both successfully and unsuccessfully countless times – and neither did I want to apply the concrete as an accessory. The challenge was to avoid the gimmicks and carnival, parade-type garments.

I wanted to create a textile that would be pliable enough to work with and wear while still retaining the beauty, colour and texture of cement/concrete as much as possible. I experimented with various forms of casting rubbers and cement/concrete, until I found the right combination.

My vision was to create either a rather dramatic, ethereal gown or an elegant, minimalist garment, both equally with merit and within my purview as a designer. Whilst I have no high-brow motive nor social commentary to impart with this entry, my ultimate aim in garnering people’s attention would be that a successful experiment has resulted in a striking design using an enchanting textile.

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