‘Design is about finding the perfect balance between control and freedom,’ says Fashion Design with Marketing student Marina Hacking, whose collection explores the relationship between a person and their environment while combining intricate handwork with deconstructed finishes.
Following an unusual year of introspection, Hacking interprets personal interior space as clothing. Overcoats are constructed from upcycled upholstery fabrics, combining immaculate tailoring with frayed edges and exposed linings. Traditional wool suit trousers peel back to reveal a soft silk double pair within. Her latest collection conveys a soft type of deconstructed luxury with a colour palette akin to that of American artist Edward Hopper, whose solitary bedroom portraits have been an important reference point. Intricately knitted rib cables move freely around the body and are met with laddering stitches and the loose ends of thread, straddling the line between complexity and fragility. The knit is paired with a skirt based on the textures of cardboard and packaging tape, with a crisp cotton pleated skirt emerging underneath.
With a fascination for the female form and an affection for fragility, Hacking would like to proceed from her studies with a position at a brand.
Joe Bromley, BA Fashion Journalism