Cecilia Lake

fashion design

The Road leads East

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This collection follows the story of photographer and journalist, Annemarie Schwarzenbach and her travels from Geneva to The Orient in the 1930′s. 

Textile exploration, print and colour story have been created through a Persian carpet, and the silhouette influenced by Schwarzenbach’s androgynous personal  style. Together this has created a collection of tailoring with sleek masculine elements enhanced through the fabric and detailing for a unique womenswear outcome.

The full collection will be showcased at Graduate Fashion Week 2012.

For Queen and Colony

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Inspired by British beekeepers and the intergration of their traditions from the countryside to the urban spaces of London. The majestic qualities of the Queen bee and the industrial surroundings of the city have been fused to create this collection which encaptures this re-established craft for the modern woman.

Gone Fishing

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This collection was inspired by the sea, sailing and Mr. Jeremy Fisher. The British heritage of fishing and summer past times has been tied in to create this playsuit which has been achieved by using traditional fabrics within a pattern involving contrasting grains, pleats and tucks to create an asymmetric design, perfect for a day in the sun.

Up in the Air

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‘Up in the Air’ is the title given to this jersey dress creation. The dress was initially inspired by inuit mothers who’s garments centre around a large hood to tuck up their children inside. The drape back which echos a hood creates the main design feature within a simplistic and elegant silhouette.

Tailored Whites

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The collection is influenced by mens WW2 pilot jackets and follows a narrative which intwines the men at war and the women left behind. The whole collection has a white palette which draws on the femininity and innocence of the women together with the strong tailoring and masculine features such as dropped shoulders to enhance this aspect. The atmosphere of these images is lonely yet beautiful which is what I aimed to achieve through the collection.

Head for the Trees

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Opened up

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An A1 poster which  folds out from a leaflet to promote a womenswear collection designed to be placed in Dover Street Market. The collection was inspired by the woodland trees and birds.

Shirt and Sweet

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This shirt is the final garment from a design brief which was to design a range of shirts for Jil Sander as if part of one of her collections. My design and construction derived from London architecture and town houses. I kept the silhouette simple and created interest through the fabric combinations of sheer panels at the sides of the cotton shirt and inserts which created the cap sleeve. 

Something Blue

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‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver six pence in her shoe’; the inspiration behind this suit. Mentored by Peter Jensen to create a garment as part of the ‘Blue Project’ fashion show. This suit derived from the romantic notions of wedding tradition and aimed to take the masculine suit and mix it with a femininity to create this womenswear piece. The embellished shoulders represent the six pence traditionally given for luck. 

Patterns in Circles

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Two dresses which experiment with the conceptual idea of shape within a fashion form. The skirt is made from entirely circular patterns, as is the dress which has also been created through bias strips lain orderly on the flat shape. Both designs transform their curved structures once on the body, into garments.

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