Project Title: Harley Quinn
Cathy Yan, the director of the Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey has approached me with her cast and asked me to design and manufacture a haute couture garment taking direct inspiration from the characters and their costumes. The garments are to be worn at a public fashion show and the Climate Crisis Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to raise awareness and funds for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Cathy expressed that the key design features required for each of the garments in the collection were aesthetics, versatility and sustainability. The Harley Quinn garment can be worn as the sleek black jumpsuit for the Ball but can also be worn with the eye – catching skirt. Due to the fluid shape of the skirt it can also be worn as a cape which increases the versatility of the garment. The skirt consists entirely of reused or recycled fabrics to create a sustainable statement garment with flair that accurately represents Harley Quinn. The garment can also be paired with a necklace which compliments the neckline of the jumpsuit to add elegance to the overall look.
The entire collection takes inspiration directly from the costumes and personality of the four strong female leads in the film. I have also taken inspiration from the Met Gala by using modern silhouettes and sustainable ideas to create an artistic costume.