WITH THE FASHION world’s current obsession with prints, Teresa Lim is one bright shining star with the on trend collection she sent down the runway at the ‘Asian Fashion Graduate Showcase 2013’.
Titled Lenina Gone Wild’, Teresa’s 2014 Spring/ Summer offering was inspired by the pin-up girls of the 1940s who represented women with a new fierce femininity. Lenina, the girl whose face you see on almost every piece in this collection, started off as a fictional character Teresa created based on Lenina Crowne from the novel, Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley. However, during the process of developing the collection and illustrating prints, Lenina became an alter ego, an expression of herself. The result is a collection of quirky, eccentric and bold set of ready-to-wear garments and accessories.
A recent Lasalle BA (Hons) Fashion Design and
Textiles programme graduate, Teresa says she would never become a fashion
designer. Fueled by her obsession with prints and colours, all that she had wanted
to do back then was a course on surface textile design to later pursue
a career in interior print or book cover design. Somehow along the way, she
felt that fashion could be an interesting channel for her to showcase her
prints and illustrations. In her own words, her illustrations ‘come to life’
when worn on the body.
Unsurprisingly, the characteristics of Teresa's designs scream the name of people she is inspired by: Cara Delevingne, Charlotte Free and Bonnie Strange.
Teresa is inspired by the girls and women she meets in everyday life, creating imaginary characters based on conversations overheard between strangers, and jotting down these quotes and inspiration into her iPhone (which she claims is on a lower scale of weirdness).
With the graduate show taken off her shoulders, Teresa is taking a break to travel around Asia in search of inspiration. Lenina’s story has hardly reached its end. Teresa intends to hold a self-initiated exhibition at the end of the year, showcasing embroidered illustrations as an extension of her ‘Lenina Gone Wild’ collection.