Sarah-Louise Koessler / Fashion Design with Business Studies BA(Hons)

Fashion Design Collection ‘This, Madame, is Versailles.’

Marie Antoinette meets Jeff Koons in a fusion of Rococo and Pop in the modern world. A high impact evening-wear collection for fashion conscious, playful and rebellious women.

I began my journey drawing from my French heritage and passion for Versailles and the vibrant personality of the iconic Marie Antoinette. After finding the book “Jeff Koons’ Versailles” from his exhibition there in 2009, I was intrigued by the juxtaposition of these two figures. Marie Antoinette is thrown into the modern world, capturing her spirit and joie de vivre in a super pop and stylised way, channelling the mirrored polished stainless steel of Jeff Koons’ sculptures.

My collection picks up on the highly decorative Rococo detailing. To represent the decorative architectural mouldings in Versailles, I made moulds from everyday objects I found in the studio using darts and seams to create these 3D shapes. I perfected these techniques to fashion stylised moulded and structured pop creations inspired by the mirrored polished stainless steel of Jeff Koons’ sculptures.


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