Oversized houndstooth is a pattern I’ve always loved. The oversized aspect of the checks distorts the prim and traditional association the pattern usually has. Some of you might recall back in 2013 I collaborated with Jaggy Nettle once more and we produced two oversized houndstooth sweatshirts, one in black white and one in orange and white.
I still have both and wear them fairly regularly. As a testament to Jaggy Nettle/Made In Grey Britain’s printing prowess, the prints have withstood 5 years of wash and wear.
With these sweatshirts in mind, I was excited to discover Melbourne based fashion designer, Lucy Dickinson, who graduated the RMIT Bachelor of Fashion Design (Honours) course at the end of 2017. Since then she has gone on to win the Australian Fashion Foundation award and have her collection accepted into both VAMFF and i-D Dunedin emerging designer runways.
Her work features heavily distorted houndstooth, mixed with some heavy embellishments using a combination of traditional and modern techniques, from laser etching and 3D printing to hand embroidery and painting.
She is influenced by subculture and DIY fashion movements, such as punk, and we can see some early Vivienne Westwood influences in there. Her label is currently all handmade in Australia and designed to fit multiple genders and body types.