My impression is that designers are expected to niche their aesthetic expressions and be consistent in this, something I have long struggled with. But during my graduation project I realized that my various styles have, rather, become an asset.
Personally, I have long felt that I shift between two contrasting expressions. On one hand I want to create fashion that radiates elegance and femininity, but on the other hand I also want to create fashion that is oversized and sporty. I have frequently tried to choose one of these styles but just as many times I have changed my mind, and this indecision has long been a insecurity in how I see myself as a designer.
But while preparing to work on my graduation collection it dawned on me that I have in fact always alternated between just these types of aesthetics, already as a child I would for periods dress exclusively as a princess, or keep to only wearing riding clothes or my big brother’s oversized sports clothes.
This made me realize how contradictory it is to limit one's creative process and, for this reason, in my graduation collection I have chosen to work with both expressions. And I have come to see my indecision as a great asset instead of regarding it as a weakness. This collection is a tribute to the division in me and all the influences that created it.