Victorian Sonnets & Floral Bonnets
The inspiration for the Richard Designs' new season collection is the Victorian era and its influence on design today.
We have taken inspiration from Victorian fashions, literature and the art and architectural shapes that identify this influential period. The cultural events, artistic movements, and social fashions of the Victorian era influenced more areas of our lives than many of us are even aware of, and for this collection we immerse ourselves into a historical ocean of inspiration. Looking at the modest, moral and majestic, and taking inspiration from the iconic fashions of this influential era.
The concept takes antique jewellery and costume details and modifies them into a fashionable product for the contemporary market. It demonstrates the practise of breaking down the elements of historic costume, and turning them in to a modern interpretation of Victorian fashion.
Elements of nature that were so popular within Victorian design are captured in jewellery details and headwear, with birds, insects, snakes, bows, leaves and flowers appearing in accessory designs. Ornate ‘jewellery bibs’ are encrusted with diamante and stone-set details, with cameo forms echoing designs of the past. Fancy cuffs are replacing dainty bracelets for the contemporary Victoriana look, with frothy gathered fabric and lace wrapping the wrist, and an antiqued brooch to finish.
For a conceptual piece that is innovative, yet practical, we translate Victorian fabrics into unusual materials. Silver is worked to interpret the form of lace and lace is crafted to imitate metal filigrees in jewellery designs. Ribbon ties replace clasps and cut silks represent crotchet work. Fresh flowers and fauna are interpreted in many forms from organza, lace and silk, traditionally, yet new textile innovations allow for flowers that look and feel realistic, yet remain contemporary.