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The Cruel trade of snakeskin, which is constantly being fuelled by the fashion industry inspired this project. The main goal in mind when designing was to take the snakeskin in all its simplicity and try and emulate it. I then wanted to add an element that was not availabe in snakeskin. That element was to be achieved by cutting deep enough into the surface so that when it stretches it transforms the fabric from 2D to 3D. By wanting to achieve this element, I am hoping that it would stimulate both the wearer and spectator. I am also hoping that this would inspire other designers to adopt innovative and contemproray approaches, rather than using primitive practices of skinning vulnrable and innocent animals, and eventualy putting this cruel trade in the past where it belongs. Matthew Ghabrial (Designer) I was grateful for this opportunity to support a great idea based on using non animal materials and creating amazing designs, and in the same time protecting animals from abuse. Matthew And I chose to look at snakeskin. With his choice of material he could create the same effect on his designs as would be on the natural skin without having to harm the animal. I was attracted to his work straight away beacuse I thought i could do some amazing prothetics. I got my inspiration for colour from Matthews work, I also drew inspiration from research. I realy enjoyed working in this team that was working hard for the protection of all living creatures. I am realy supporting this project, and I am very gratefull that I was apart of it. Orsolya Gesztesi (Make up artist)

Polymade Lycra


I initialy started with playing on the tanaka machine, trying to emulate the scales of the python, by making these acrylic based round bits united with the latex acing as a base which would be the skin.

Then I wanted to see what would happen if I inverted the scales as the base, with the latex coming through as the scales.

This attempt was to try and give the sample some gloss, by placing PVC underneath this laser cut scale inspired felt. This was the beginning of the laser direction.

My initial obective was to try and emulate the snakle skin with the addes element of wanting to give it a 3D elemenmt to rival the real skin, hoping that this would inspire oither designers to think innovativly. so this piecae is laser cut polyester scales immersed in polymer, and then stitched onto jersey.

The polymer finish was not as sleek as I hoped in the past sample, so i decided to revert back to the latex, but constructed the same on the stretch jersey.

I wanted to capture the dangerous chilling feeling one gets when comfronted by a snake, so i started to

The charachteristics of this cloths is that its aethetics change as it is stretched. here it is illustrated at full recovery position

This is the fabric slightly stretched as would be seen when worn.

this the stretch around curves such as the thighs, buttocks, and shoulders, or when limbs are bent such at elbows and knees

“ Luxery does not have to come from harming man, animal, or nature�

Matthew Ghabrial BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear Beauty by Orsolya K. Gesztesi Foundation Degree Hair and Make-Up for Film and TV Photography: Hill & Aubrey Creative Director: Rob Phillips, School of Design & Technology, London College of Fashion.

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