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The more time i spent at The manchester college’s – Ford Car garage the more i imagined my final outcome, a street wear approach with a industrialised, workwear feel. I wanted to change the way overalls were viewed and try and reduce the masculinity and stereotypical ‘geezer’ attitude worn by mechanics. i wanted to learn where this stereotype had come from,  i also wanted to explore the transition from ‘boy’ to ‘man’.

After purchasing the specific colours and suits sizes i wanted, I began reviewing my drawings and tried to decide which designs i would like to go with. I dont consider myself a designer, but during my time at college I’ve learnt the basic skills to pattern cutting and garment construction, and due to this project been my Final Major College Project, i wanted to use the wide range of skills ive learnt during my time there. i didn’t want to complete a full design cycle and have my main outcome as a collection, but i wanted to customise my garments and take full control over photography/styling/design/garments. i had quite a few ideas regarding re-dyeing, embellishment, cropped sleeves/no sleeves, and treating the fabric ie bleaching.

Below are a few photos of the suits before i ‘re styled’ them
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On one suit i added zips onto pockets, and removed the collar also decided to crop the sleeves. above i styled it with a plain orange beanie.

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My College teaches automotive and engineering courses and is one of the largest funded schemes and partnership with the Manchester college, i visited the workshop and was greeted by the kindest man, he politely granted i take photos and insisted he would show me around the workshop.he also individually told me what every piece of machinery was and what it was/ used to be used for, but i wasn’t quick enough to note it all down and only caught a few things.

Also some were just nicely painted for display.

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After Teaching restarted, and i had enough photographs i was offered some old scraps they were throwing away, screws, nuts, bolts, wires, metal boxes, which would absolutely help me achieve my desired look. I customized a clean silver metal chain with rusted screws and bolts and styled it as a necklace, after that a few bracelets followed

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