The name of my concert is “HONG KONG 1957”. In 1957 my grandmother Pauline travelled all the way from Sydney, Australia to Hong Kong to stay with her friend Rosetta and her family for 4 months. This introduction to a new and interesting culture was life changing for her, all of these new experiences gave her a taste of what it meant to be a part of a high society community. Hong Kong, at the time, was one of the most exciting and flourishing cities to be, times were changing and the golden age was happening. I wanted to understand why this trip had such a personal effect on her after all the years, so for me that meant to create a collection reflecting on how I see my grandmother and the influence this time had on her.
The vibrant colours and details she remembers from Hong Kong was one of the main elements I emphasised throughout the collection. I combined a lot of moulage for volume research and tailoring to represent the strong presence of traditional Chinese clothing. I really wanted to show the extravagance of both the eastern and western worlds and combine them as one. It was important for me to focus on the luxury and excess that was present at this moment in my grandmother's life and the effect it would have on her. I think that this exciting time in her life made her perceive a fake reality that she believed she was a part of. I can see how damaging and misleading this impression of reality can be and how present it appears to be in our current society.