Designer Series, Knitwear: Marie Antoinette Lingerie To Die For
And so our Designer Series for knitwear resumes! If you're new to the series, we're following the career of Cynthia F of the label CFST, a talented knitwear student at Central St. Martins who likes to draw upon art and architecture and is now in her second year. You can catch up on her first year projects here.
She's just started back to school but has been busy with some exciting things, namely helping backstage at Mark Fast at London fashion week as a dresser which she describes as "one of the best experiences ever!" No doubt! She's also been helping Craig Lawrence with his collection, the CSM grad who created that incredible show inspired by Christmas decorations.
Before she left for her much deserved summer break she was assigned a lingerie project, the point of which was to gain an understanding of how to create a pattern for knitwear and how to achieve different shaping without the use of fitting techniques such as darts, which can be used with woven fabric but of course aren't possible with knitwear.
The project only called for one garment and Cynthia chose the babydoll. But she felt that wasn't especially challenging and so decided to make two pairs of pants (one with adorable garters) and two pairs of socks to go with it. Her outfit was inspired by the film Marie Antoinette; the cake scene in the bath provided the colour palette. She created a pretty lace pattern on the babydoll and wanted to play around with embellishment, so she used beading and also did ribbon hand embroidery to make all of the roses. And then she taught herself to knit the socks! For presentation she has a big box to put it all in like a Christmas present and we eagerly await those photos!
Watch next week to see what Cynthia created over the summer - a gorgeous hand-knit and crocheted jacket with embellishments.