Margot Bowman is an artist, DJ, and designer just out of school and is already making her mark. Not only is she the Creative Director of The Estethica Review, a magazine focusing on sustainable fashion, but she's also created a collection of hand-painted up-cycled, vintage pieces, some of which are shown here.
Bowman's collection, Albion 2080, is about clothes for British women of the future, when the world will be a very different place and society returns to a quasi-tribal existence, with limited material and resources. In Bowman's view, new-age women (and men) in 2080 will express their individuality through marking their clothing.
Bowman hand paints each of these pieces herself. The red, white and blue themes are playful, upbeat and brash, allowing plenty of room for the future modern women's self-expression.
Bowman says, "Living in London my whole life has taught me everything I know about sub-cultures, the power of fashion as language to differentiate and communicate a sense of individuality and community." You can see this effect in the style of her painting - very informal and lively and just plain fun.
From an interview on Not Just a Label, Bowman talks about the influence her mother has had on her work: "My Mum Is called Dr. Jolly and she taught me everything about a respect of craft. She’s not interested in fancy labels, just good quality - the human touch in an increasingly faceless world." You can see clearly here how Bowman has internalized and applied this artistic vision.
I think this work is highly unusual - a collection based on hand-painted clothing, with a real "wow effect" in every piece. They're really outstanding that way.