Fashion & Freedom

Manchester Art Gallery



Chiffon, organza 2016

Rebecca Webster

BA Hons Fashion Design

“In order to capture the sense of release following the First World War, I reflected on emptiness, and the mixed emotions women were facing as they were forced to relinquish their new found roles and responsibilities.”

Rebecca Webster’s piece takes Emelia Earhart, a pioneering aviator of the post-First World War period, as its muse. Earhart was described by the designer as an “adrenaline junkie,” grasping opportunities to see the world through life-risking flight. Inspired by the excitement of floating and free falling in parachute jumps, Webster explored the drape and structure of their canopies and fastenings. A chance encounter with a tent trapped in a tree led Webster to experiment with airflow through fabrics. Her piece retains the delicacy and softness from her initial research imagery, whilst also being inspired by engineering and aircraft design.

Rebecca Webster, Flight 2016
Photography: Layla Sailor

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