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Josephine Goh
Fashion Design BA Hons

Birmingham City University

Specialisms: Apparel / Menswear / Textiles - Print

Location: London, United Kingdom

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Josephine Goh

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First Name: Josephine

Last Name: Goh

Specialisms: Apparel / Menswear / Textiles - Print

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

My Location: London, United Kingdom

University / College: Birmingham City University

Course / Program Title: Fashion Design BA Hons


Josephine Goh Menswear Designer

As we grow older we each experience changes, not only physical but also in our attitude and behaviour. These become magnified into our later years as we grow old and frail and the sad reality is that our loved ones experience the worst of these changes. For many, its a case of not being quite as active as we once were or having to speak that little bit louder - for some though they’re far more concerning. Almost 10 million people each year are diagnosed with dementia, a hugely debilitating illness that manifests itself in many ways. Not causing upsetting memory loss, but also impacts our ability to do day-to-day tasks, concentrate on simple tasks or even mobility. Dementia is an illness I unfortunately know all too well having to face the harsh reality of watching a beloved family member slowly deteriorate from the person they once were. One escape for those unfortunate to suffer from this illness is in finding comfort in familiarity. This can be in that favourite item of clothing or the treasured family heirloom that triggers memories to come flooding back, even if for just a short period of time. Many others find comfort in creative arts therapy. Becoming fully submersed into a piece allows for the persistent troubles to disappear for a period of time, creating a sense of accomplishment and in some cases sparking a miraculous turnaround.


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Havana, Cuba - a City lost in the relics of time. The City remains synonymous around the world for the classic Americana littering the streets, it’s Spanish-colonial architecture and the iconic pastel homes. Havana is also the birthplace of Cuban-American artist, Carmen Herrera. Herrera has dedicated her work to the abstract, minimalist movement characterised by bold simplicity. Her art is very much grounded by an architectural background with tools and precise measurements serving as the foundation for her orderly art. The masterful creation of spatial tension through the application of crisp, asymmetrical lines and contrasting colour swatches serve as the inspiration for this collection. Primary colours. Bold geometry. The beauty of the straight line. This, is Urban Chaos.

Mental disorders, mild in nature, characterised by deep-seated personal struggles stemming from emotional stress and conflict. The work of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, serves as inspiration for this collection. A life plagued by the trouble of neurosis, from her early childhood Kusama suffered a series of traumatising events - from being forced to spy on her father's sexual exploits through to regimented factory work during the World War II. It was these years in the factory, with the startling contrast between light and dark, that birthed the creative freedom seen throughout her work. For many years, Kusama has voluntarily taken residence in a Tokyo based psychiatric hospital near her studio to balance her creative passion and the needs of her mental health. Even in her late 80's, she continues to produce outstanding work. The arts have served as the perfect escape from the psychological troubles she faced. The collection features repeated prints, psychedelic colours and obscure shapes inspired by the vivid hallucinations Kusama often describes. 'Flashes of light... colourful auras' represented here in such bold designs. The free flowing, but unusual, nature of these designs reflect the abstracted view of nature and self-obliterating style of her work. Homage is paid throughout to the avant-garde nature of Kusama's work whilst the oversized design provides an all important sense of comfort.