ECDYSIS.[ek-duh-sis]. n. the process of shedding the old skin and casting off the outer cuticle.
As with all my collections, inspiration is drawn from my creative thought process. Ecdysis is about transformation, change and regeneration. We can all identify with the concept of emerging from old thoughts, or old feelings, and the ensuing sense of re-birth – transitioning into the woman we are destined to be. The creation of Ecdysis has come about at a time in my life where change and regeneration is abundant – new decisions, new directions, and moving forward into a new journey.
The pieces in this Spring/Summer collection are designed to reflect this sense of transformation. Soft gauzes and tulles representing the layers of the skin, and the unique lacquered cotton being reminiscent of the chrysalis – a caterpillar yearning to come out of its cocoon and transform into a beautiful new being. Ecdysis is a collection designed to be layered, contrasting darks and lights with exsquisite line, shape and proportion. My focus with this new collection was to create something that is truly three-dimensional - pieces that are ergonomical and items to be cherished for years to come.
Once again, this Spring/Summer collection incorporates a signature textile print that was created in collaboration with local Brisbane artist Claudia Husband. A snippet of snakeskin is magnified and inverted, and subtle tonal colours are inserted before being printed on a luxurious crepe de chine textile. This limited edition textile is interwoven with the softest Italian cotton organdy – both resistant and flexible, just like our own regenerative journeys.
With pops of chartreuse and injections of Sophie Hallette lace against our signature print, Ecdysis is punchy, distinctive and yet translatable for everyday wear.
Ecdysis was launched at the Brisbane Arcade Spring Flower Show, and is now available in stores.
- Julie T
Campaign Photography: Sam Theiss
Behind the Scenes Photography: Christopher Hagen
Model: Eliza Baker
Hair and Make Up: Penny Antuar
Claudia Husband (textile artist) and Julie Tengdahl, Behind the Scenes.