Our latest project from House of Quinn, Re:new; explores the relationship between wearer and garment. It’s about getting deep down into our wants and needs and realising that style, taste and dressing is a personal exploration. We need to relinquish the heavy hand of fashion from suppressing our actual personalities. It beguiles us into consuming clothes and spitting them out rather than having a personal tie and results in copious amounts of waste.
Fashions spins so fast that we don't have the time to digest it and work out what we like. The next big thing comes round so quickly that I am not even sure what I miss in-between. There is no appreciation, no soul. If you sprint for longer than your body will allow you will inevitably become exhausted and burn out faster or over exert yourself and cause an injury. Fashion is running so fast it can’t even feel the pain in its legs, and when it realises it will be too late. I believe if it keeps running at this speed, it will be broken for life.
Re:new aims to showcase and represent a different approach. One that is about buying for long lasting love. Much like your favourite poem, album or book. These things will stay with your forever, you will always be reminded of them and love them in some way.
Re:new stands for regarding the new, a conversation about newness and from that conversation a renewed energy in how we think about fashion.
As a young fashion graduate, the emphasis was on creating a final collection. The antithesis for all fashion students and I think one of the main reasons I wanted to do the course in the beginning, even if I never made a fashion collection again.
Creating a collection at graduate level is a bizarre undertaking. You are trying to find your voice, showcase what you are all about in a transformative and fast paced industry, as well as trying to not be forgotten in the blink of your worst moment. Each year thousands of fashion graduates pour their heart, soul and finances into clothes that end up never being seen ever again. Stored in boxes or disposed of. Hours of hard work forgotten about.
I am also one of those people. My collector/hoarder mentality won’t let me throw anything away, so my collection of silk gowns has been sat in various closets and cupboards over the years as a homage to the time spent at university.
Well, no more I say. As a cleansing ritual and process of letting go, I want to transform and reinvented the collection. Turning elegant and dramatic gowns, into beautiful and luxurious wearable clothes that can be enjoyed, used and cherished.