With strong, architectural lines, bold silhouettes, and a strict inky palette of midnight black, Hannah Marshall’s collections, centering around the notion of the LBD (her pivotal inspiration), are lessons in how wearable and sexy, conceptual fashion can be. Autumn/winter 09 saw her playing with the idea of fashion as armour. Her graphic shapes (sharp shoulders, corseted waists, moulded hips) were rendered in luxury fabrics and shades of black and grey, generating a powerfully seductive look; perfect for the women she considers her muses – Carine Roitfeld, Grace Jones and Alison Mosshart.
I admire Hannah Marshall's justapositon of luxury fabrics, and was fortunate to gain work experience with the contemporary fashion designer in preperation for her A/W 09 collection. The work experience was an insight into the industry. Hannah has a clear direction and individual style that exerts integrity, and this gave me a better understanding of the drive a designer needs to succeed in such a competetive industy. The experience resulted in a greater appreciation of high end construction techniques and refined tailoring, which in turn has improved the integrity and individuality of my own work.
For S/S 2010, Marshall challenged the concept of female identity in her collection entitled 'Encryption'. The collection comprised sleek lines and razor sharp silhouttes in luxury silk chiffons and leather. Her directional designs express a generations fascination with body modification, creating a postmodern armour for the body.