INTERVIEW: HANNAH BRABON, FASHION DESIGNER

 

Hannah Brabon is a Fashion graduate from Winchester School of Art. I discovered her collection through the online rental clothing platform, Wear the Walk, where her collection is available. Each outfit in the collection uses intricate knitting skills and elaborated fabric manipulation processes like heat pressing. Hannah has a strong interest in clothing with a long life that led her to also focus on using pre-loved denim and transforming it into something new and innovative using various techniques including fabric dyeing and bleaching.

I picked a lovely jumper from her collection and asked her to reveal all the secrets that lie behind its seams.

 

What did inspire the design of this jumper?
A combination of references inspired the design of this jumper. Images of the sky and seascapes, that I have taken on my travels around the world, inspired the combination of colours within the jumper and also informed the patterns and shapes within its design. The oversized silhouette of the jumper is intended to empower the wearer, inspired by my interest in feminist artists, photographers and activist groups. Images of hair also inspired the use of texture, line and pattern within the piece.

How many hours did its production require?
The making of the jumper is a very long and intricate process, which makes it difficult to say the exact amount of time it takes! It would be roughly around two weeks.

What kind of yarn did you choose?
I used sustainably and ethically produced mohair and alpaca yarns, sourced from high-end luxury suppliers.

What does « sustainable » mean for your work?
To me, being sustainable in my work means to have less of an impact on the planet, both environmentally and socially, at every step of my design and making process.

Why is it important for you to create sustainable collections?
It is so important that we all begin to make changes to how we live our lives, in order to have less of a damaging effect on the world we live in. As a designer and maker,  I try to implement that conscious thinking into my practice as much as possible, by constantly taking steps towards a more sustainable future for my brand, through the materials that I use and limiting the waste that I produce.

 

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