My name is Andrea Brocca, I am a Central Saint Martins FDM Class of 2020 graduate. I am half Italian, half Sri Lankan, and have grown up in Dubai my whole life. Growing up as an expat in the Middle East, I always longed to understand my roots, which was enhanced by not knowing half of my cultural identity. This factor mixed with the influence and teachings of high fashion, quality and craftsmanship through my glamorous Mother, motivated me to channel my energy in aspiring to become a Couturier. At 14, I started interning for Alice Temperley, I then launched my own evening wear made to measure label in Dubai. I opened a boutique and made gowns for private clients, which gained me the Guinness Record as World’s youngest Couturier at age 16. I was then accepted to La Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris. Here I was taught the traditional techniques of Haute Couture, by Les petit mains. I brought these techniques to Central Saint Martins, sponsored by the British Fashion Council, to try re-conceptualise Couture in a contemporary manner, whilst simultaneously trying to understand why I am doing fashion. I recently worked at Ellery in Paris, and Bottega Veneta in Milan, under Daniel Lee, and Prabal Gurung in New York City, all in the womenswear design studios; these experiences taught me the Luxury system, and where I belong within it. I am interested in starting or working within a Couture label. Within my work I aim to achieve technicality, sensuality, opulence and multiculturalism. The motivation, focus and goal for my fashion career is to explore drapery in unconventional manners, such as creating interchangeable garments, experimenting in new sustainable innovations in garment construction. In my graduate collection, the black and red gowns are in fact one gown; the black gown being the understructure of the red one. I have been refining the heart sleeves, curved pleating and understructures of my graduate collection for over 4 months. It took 6 years of study to develop the technique behind my graduate collection, and I would love the chance to be able to push my experimentation forward to create an innovative brand that stands for technique and precision whilst still staying young and exciting.
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