Welsh-born, Kingston graduate Katie Darlington is one designer making waves in the fashion industry. Her debut collection ‘Collecting Sentiment’, incorporating innovative pattern cutting and print design saw her win the Wolf & Badger Graduate Design award for fashion, with her collection now stocked at Wolf & Badger in the fashionable area of Notting Hill.
Katie’s collection features a combination of soft tailoring with gentle fluidity, most noticeable in jumpsuits and dresses. The inspiration behind ‘Collecting Sentiment’ came from her great grandfather’s journal, documenting his time in North Africa and Italy during World War Two; linking the past with the present.
Another noticeable aspect of Katie’s collection is the heavy use of prints – originally meant to be digital print, following a tutorial with print designer Mark Eley; Katie instead decided to incorporate the look of hand-dyed silk, so whilst the ink print has been digitally printed on her collection, the image is blown up from hand-dyed ink bleedings, giving it a more raw feel.
To have a look at some of the pieces from Katie’s beautiful collection, check out her website