Designed by Fashion Graduate Holly Russell.
Holly Russell is a BA (hons) Fashion Design graduate from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Animal, minerals and outer space inspired Holly to use a ‘galaxy’ digital print, beetle wings and human hair in her collection, mimicking textures and patterns seen in the Universe.
Holly embroidered over one thousand Jewel Beetle-wings onto the arms of garments to represent the power and size of the natural world. Working with American astronomer, Robert Gendler she sourced galaxy images that were then adapted into digital prints. The features an eclectic range of fabrics from different types of Silk, Stretch Satins, Pig Suede Leather, and a flesh coloured sequin Chiffon that gives a ‘shiny second skin’ effect to the body. A key piece in the collection is a digitally printed cape with black synthetic wigs sewn onto the shoulders, which then overlap a digital print of illustrated hair to create a 3D effect. This garment was modelled by Alice Dellal and photographed by Mary McCartney as part of the advertising campaign for Graduate Fashion Week and appeared in the Evening Standard.
Holly’s merits include being shortlisted for the ‘MaxMara/British Fashion Council Award’ in 2008 and in 2009 was shortlisted for the ‘River Island Jumpsuit Competition’ and ‘Best of Manchester Award’. Her work experience includes an internship with 2007 Fashion Fringe winner Aminaka Wilmont.
In October 2009 Nicola Formichetti flew Holly’s collection out to LA and as a result Lady Gaga wore one of her garments to the Billboard Women in Music Awards. Holly has also created a garment for Lady Gaga’s World Tour.
Holly is currently working with Gareth Pugh and plans to carry out an MA in Fashion Womenswear at the RCA next year.
The sleeves are made from Beetles!
I just absolutely love it but I can't see where you can buy them anywhere.
Holly has also had her designs worn by Lady GaGa.