SPIRIT OF BUFFALO

 

My FMP began when I was researching British rebellion in fashion during the 80’s after a long period of rioting and rebellion in Britain. I came across Buffalo the creative group including Ray Petri, Jamie Morgan and other members from a diverse range of backgrounds. They brought inspiration from a collection of different sub cultures including punk graphics, the African and Jamaican culture, Indian Americans and more. I wanted to capture the essence of British youth culture, gather research from other sub cultures and the identity of Buffalo. I wanted to encapsulate youthful individualism in my final collection.

Graduate collection shown at the Nottingham Trent University Degree Show 2019

"It is impossible to mention 80s youth culture without referencing Buffalo. At that time, there was no such thing as a stylist." The creative group included Ray Petri, Jamie Morgan and other members from a diverse range of backgrounds. The word Buffalo itself was a Caribbean expression adopted by Petri, used to describe rude boys and rebels. Buffalo is described as tough, rebellious, innovative, stylish, street, unique, experimental, and iconic.  The rude boys and rebellious movement of Buffalo transformed the way that society absorbed fashion showing new masculine identities. I have developed a directional aesthetic that shows my passion of luxury streetwear with a more innovative mix of fabric and print. I set out to use a mixture of fabrics including relax styled jerseys, heavy padded fabric and chunky knitwear.

MENSWEAR DESIGN COMPETITIONS 

PAUL SMITH JAPAN
GYMSHARK
GAP
LINDA LEAVER
DIMENSIONS
RIVER ISLAND
WORKING BACKSTAGE AT FASHION SHOWS

 

(Own Photographs) Fashion Scout London, Westminster MA Menswear Fashion Show, Graduate Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week

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