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  • R Mansfield

Prior to this year, I has created a complete garment in Acrylic before however there were difficulty issues in assembling it around a person, in wear, and it was the beginning of a concept with potential, which was in the nascent stages of it development. From here, the concept has been taken so much further, to become so much more. This acrylic was not just about bringing an unconventional material to the body, but creating something which was far more potent as a result, and truly resonated with an audience of a them, as it swirled and contorted around the form to materialise the fluctuations in the new Evolution. The base of the corset which has been considerably more sculptured than intended- but is all the more powerful for it- lacked balance, and needed elements to stand away, and match the back, which has far freer movement owed to the thinner state of the acrylic pattern. There are series of holes in the corset which have been allocated and allow foe the placement and joining of additional pieces. In order to create most freely, but also to embody the concept with the siege via Nature, 0.5cm screw holes were lasercut in to leftover pieces of the acrylic, to allow for aforementioned joining, while creating a completely free opportunity to saviour the chance to freely sculpt and alter depending on the nature of the shapes desired, with such need to fit the form, or such time needed to sculpt such vast pieces. This started simply by sculpting a vibrant form which stood away from the body, and moving it around different areas, examining it from a range of angles, and then continuing to sculpt based on considerations of placement and movement. A key aspect of the sculpting of acrylic has been the 360° view which has been consistently observed, understanding how it will look from all angles, with an awareness of the consequences of the interpretation, and imbuing all sides with power. The placement of these 3 additional elements, alongside the corset itself, the neck piece, and the headpiece, culminates in one of ethereal reality of the shifting evolution occurring across the form, and to contort round into the presence of a Natural power overcoming all boundaries to rise above in this superior race


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  • R Mansfield

With the catching up of the two weeks of illness, trying to finish the garments, find time to update my sketchbook, reflective journal, Tech Pack, work on my competition briefs of Givenchy and self-initiated Fleet Ilya Brief, organising everything, considering and developing my future; there is a lot to do. There is an element of being snowed under, but I have become someone determined also, and my time at university has made me see that sometimes what needs to be done is not easy, and it may not be the same as others, but it is necessary. The standards to which we hold ourselves are critical, and these decide the type of person we are. While all of this is happening, I am setting constant internal goals to finish things by- e.g. when this is done, it is back to my final patterns and Lay plan for my Tech Pack- because while it may not be easy, it needs to be done and I want to push and work as much as I can now so it is done before submission and I have time to ensure everything is correct and as I would wish for the time when I no longer have control over this project, after so long having shaped and worked on it. Time management is utterly key, and it goes side by side with tenacity and drive, and despite the amount needing to be done, the extension I have been granted in regards to my illness, will hopefully allow for completion to the standard I would always choose to work at. Now is the time to push and to go, to do myself justice. Into the End, with everything I have. Photography by Tom Hughes, Modelled by Lilu, Make-Up by Michelle El


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  • R Mansfield

After what had been quite a difficult time, and my feelings of belonging were thrown into question entirely about my place within fashion, something happened which made this question disappear just a little bit: The photoshoot I clothed for Emily Grace-Morgan was picked up and published for Vogue Italia. The photographs are Polaroid shots scanned in, so they are not the clearest shots of the garments, but they remain of my garments, and they are clearly my work which could only be attributed to me. Upon hearing this, I was just shocked, total disbelief and utter elation, as the most surreal thing at such a needed time. I still do not really believe it, but its all there, and it is my garments which was tools in achieving the concept of “Distorted Fashion”. It can be found here: https://www.vogue.it/photovogue/portfolio/?id=42553


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