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Caitlin Charles-Jones
Fashion BA (Hons)

Kingston university london

Specialisms: Fashion: knitwear-womens / Fashion: Womenswear / Fashion: Atelier (Pattern Cutting)

Location: Greater london, United Kingdom

Caitlin Charles-Jones ArtsThread Profile
Kingston university london

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Caitlin Charles-Jones

Caitlin Charles-Jones ArtsThread Profile

First Name: Caitlin

Surname: Charles-Jones

Specialisms: Fashion: knitwear-womens / Fashion: Womenswear / Fashion: Atelier (Pattern Cutting)

Sectors: Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories / Fashion/Textiles/Accessories

Location: Greater london, United Kingdom

University / College: Kingston university london

Course / Program Title: Fashion BA (Hons)

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Currently doing an MA in Womenswear Knitwear at the RCA.
Winner of the Stuart Peters Visionary Knitwear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2012.
My personality consists of two conflicting characteristics: perfectionism and impatience.  Except it turns out that when it comes to knitting I’m not impatient at all, just a perfectionist.  My aesthetic is strongly grounded in functionality.  While the techniques and skills I am attracted to in knitwear are ones where intricate detail, vibrant colour and considered construction are prevalent, there is still a strong sense of ‘real clothing.’  I endeavor to strike a balance within this aesthetic where one value is not sacrificed for the other.  I aspire to create garments that are not only exquisite but also exquisitely wearable.

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Graduate Collection 1

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In everyday life we are surrounded by information whether acknowledged or otherwise. Everything that is found in our personal environments can be collated into data or statistical formats of some sort. In recent years there has been a rise of interest in the methods of visualising data, particularly in graphic design fields where work in this sphere is being increasingly valued as ‘art’ in its own right. This knitwear collection finds its roots in visual interpretations of data. The data itself is irrelevant apart from the fact that it can be anything found in everyday existence; it is mundane and familiar, thus making its interpretation all the more exciting. This establishes the foundation for the silhouette: simple, classic and familiar shapes with an emphasis on detailed fabrics, colour and embellishment. Embellishment is a primary concern, the purpose of which is explored further than as a means of surface decoration; instead crystals and metallic cord are integrated into the fabric composition. Furthermore, construction and placement of detail are fundamental considerations in order to create exquisitely clean garments where a sense of function is underlying.

Graduate Collection 2

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Development boards for each look. 'Overall my aesthetic is strongly grounded in functionality. While the techniques and skills I am attracted to in knitwear are ones where intricate detail, vibrant colour and considered construction are prevalent, there is still a strong sense of ‘real clothing.’ I endeavor to strike a balance within this aesthetic where one value is not sacrificed for the other. I aspire to create garments that are not only exquisite but also exquisitely wearable; in this way I do not believe that the two concepts are necessarily mutually exclusive but fit seamlessly together.'

LookbookClick to View Images

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These photographs form the Lookbook for my graduate collection. The aim of the shoot was to let the garments stand alone without the aid of gimmicks. The looks are minimally styled so that the garments create maximum impact. Intricate embellishment and construction were key aspects of the collection so full body shots are interspersed with close up detail shots.

RCA Summer ProjectClick to View Images

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This project evolved from the starting point of Baroque architecture. Within this theme I researched not only the decorative and aesthetic features of the movement but also the technical aspects of the structures themselves such as architectural plans and the grammar of ornament. I took the project with me when I spent a month in Florence doing a painting course. There the project really took off and moved away from my initial point of research and focused on wall mouldings and architectural decoration in general. The result is a collection with a strong focus on function and wearability but with an appreciation for adornment and luxury. There are strong references to both the structural necessities found in architecture of this movement and the elaborate moulding and decoration used to obscure them.

Personal Project - RCAClick to View Images

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This project evolved from the same starting point as my summer project. I felt the concept could be explored further and that it would be interesting to look at it from a different perspective. I began by picking out key shapes and details from my summer project and drawing them. I wanted this project to have a strong focus on silhouette exploration so I started to translate these flat shapes into three dimensional forms. There is an emphasis on soft curving shapes with the use of ribs to highlight these contours. Using my research into wall mouldings I decided to keep the colours white so that the different weights, densities and textures of the knitted fabrics could flow seamlessly into one another. In addition to this I wanted to use soft pinks as an overall subtle tint.