Self-Control is about the tangible manifestation of the struggle and chaos between our private and public selves, and of tradition and modernity. The muse for this collection is the Japanese Samurai, military nobility of ancient/early-modern Japan, who no longer exists today. I was largely influenced by the structural cuts (flared sleeves and panelling), as well as the materials used (mesh and silk cords). I wanted to deconstruct this sense of military and strength by contrasting the structural cuts with the fluidity of fabric. The usage of traditional practices in modern ways illustrate a sense of loss in strength when our private selves begin to engage with our public selves when placed under public scrutiny. This is further emphasised through the usage of toilet paper in the making of the DIY paper fabric to illustrate the intentional act of bringing a private act into the public sphere.
As a final year sociology major in SMU, Nicole’s foray into fashion began in Lasalle (2011-2012). Due to personal circumstances, she had to give up her place in the Amsterdam Fashion Institute 2012 but her passion for fashion is kept alive. Interested in the interaction between menswear and womenswear, and the rise of unisex fashion, she is also intrigued by how fashion interacts with societal issues.Other focuses include underground culture of different cities as well as cultural traditions of different countries.