Lillian Chan is a womenswear designer from Sydney. She studied a combined degree of BA in Fashion and Textile Design (Hons) and BA in Arts in International Studies at the University of Technology Sydney, and has also studied in Italy as part of her degree. Her work often fuses the beautiful with the unorthodox, and odd proportions and details are a signature feature in her work. Lillian Chan’s design philosophy is centered on the idea of quiet luxury, and taking traditional ideas or techniques and making them contemporary, using laser cutting to represent fabrications of a bygone era.
SPRING / SUMMER 2015
Inspired by the women in the Victorian novel ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë, ‘Thornfield’ celebrates innocence and youth, as well as the unhinged, and a shadow of the supernatural. There is a notion of that which is not quite right. A juxtaposition of dichotomies. The collection is an exploration of two distinct women; a heroine repressed physically and socially, as well as emotionally, yet manages to maintain her uncompromising convictions, as well as the otherworldly yet deranged woman imprisoned in an attic. Oversized and oddity in proportions, and subversive use of fabrications is experimented with in the sheerness of silk organza against tweed and leather. Flounces and gathers in varying fabrics and weights create volume and detail.