Whitehouse Institute of Design
Whitehouse Institute of Design
Whitehouse prepares graduates as designers of the future for global careers in fashion
'The Unperceived' pushes the use of conscious awareness in order to see the world's hidden complexities. Inspiration came from forms in nature such as butterflies and sand dunes. Formation of the garments are juxtaposed with the merging of textures and volume through the printed, manipulated and wadded fabrics.
'Neo future' is a three-body collection inspired by archetype underwear as outerwear and the futuristic sci-fi aesthetic of the film, 'The Fifth Element'. The fabrications include a faux leather, bio-veg, sustainably manufactured from recycled bottle and polyester, and distressed merino knit using Alice's own technique.
‘UN;PRETEND’ is a collection that looks at place within community and the journey of self-discovery. It includes individually created prints on natural fibre materials including cotton and wool. During Catherine’s creative process, she focused on function and uniqueness to make her designs both useful and aesthetically pleasing.
‘Scattering Light’ is a collection inspired by the psychology of colour. The designer was inspired by sunset and sunrise photography and portrait paintings. Direction and texture have been used to create harmonious juxtaposition through layering, fabric manipulation, knit and originally designed polyester prints.
Ella's ‘Embrace the Unknown’ collection aims to capture the emotion of fear and instead empower the wearer to find beauty in the unknown. Each piece is intended to be an armour of protection to shield the wearer and this is expressed through sharp tailoring, tartan textures, repurpose clothing and loud prints.
Grace explores the journey of harmonising our inner world with the outer world through her collection, ‘Restrict, Reveal, Release'. Garments feature the ethically-sourced, sustainable fabric, ZQ premium merino wool and fabric remnants and threads from past projects are repurposed to use as a design detail for stuffing.
‘What He Wore’ is a love letter to romanticism creating a sense of nostalgia, suavity, warmth and emotion. Garments feature a variety of organic wools and other rich fibres that enfold the wearer. The designer hopes to reimagine the influences of traditional and contemporary menswear in his creative practice.
Rory’s ‘The Racer and the Crowd’ collection combines the functional garments of Formula 1 drivers with the idea of over-embellished garments in the crowd. Pieces are constructed to combine luxury and functionality, which plays on the idea that we are constantly competing and comparing ourselves to one another.
‘Studio’s Dress Code’ is a collection inspired by the iconic 70s nightclub, Studio 54. Expect garments that give a strong nod to this era including a mesh suit, a sheer halter dress and a raincoat with an original print and clear plastic overlay. The designer has purchased all raw materials for her collection from local businesses.
Samantha Saint James
This collection titled ‘Just Another Day’ explores the death of the fashion archetype as well as our transition from happiness to anarchy and undoing. Samantha uses silk which she hand paints both before construction as well as painting on the final garment. Excess fabric and deadstock is used for stuffing.
‘Fragile, Handle with Care’ is a collection that addresses the stigma of mental health in Asian communities. Designs depict straps wrapped in different ways to accentuate the illusion of being tied down. By wearing the garment with comfort, it proves that the wearer can fight regardless of what ties them down.