‘Illusions of Reality’
"My inspiration started with the eighteenth century and in particular Holkham Hall, where parts of the film ‘The Duchess’ was filmed. I was particularly drawn to the tapestries that were everywhere – even the guest bath room. I like how depth of clothing was conveyed through a flat surface. I also noticed how the ideas of drapery, and form were not only used in the curtains and soft furnishings, but replicated in the plasterwork and decorative features such as wall sconces and fireplaces. I have taken this idea and created the illusion of texture and drape on a flat form. I also wanted to see whether the idea of tapestry would translate into a modern garment.
I think fashion is most interesting when there is a sense of humour mixed with feminine self assuredness. Whimsical humour is something I like to develop in my work. To create something that an individual will be intrigued and interested by. I would like someone to have fun wearing my clothes. The row upon row of jelly moulds in the kitchen amused me, and I have incorporated this motif in some of the garments."
Frances' vest is shown in progress and completed.