The wheat print and stripes combined with shades of blue and cream hint that Taya Badgley uses nature as one of her main sources of inspiration. Part of that comes from growing up in West County in Northern California. The 25 year old Central Saint Martins Womenswear graduate interned at Louis Vuitton in Paris, apprenticed on a sheep farm in Somerset producing climate beneficial wool and assisted in the costume department for a film in London. This collection is honouring the women who tend the soil, and cultivate the land. The loose shapes and layered garments are largely influenced by peasants and pastoral life from the 18th and 19th centuries. Nature is the foundation of her work. ‘This is a celebration of nature, and an invitation to reconnect to the soil beneath us, and the earth that sustains us,’ she says. Creating a film for her final collection was a welcomed challenge, and developed a stronger connection to what she is wearing and producing. For Badgley, the next step is going into sustainable fashion and regenerative fibre.
Giovanna Fragata Gama, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism