3rd Year Range | Fashion Design

You must do the things you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

It’s that time of the year, the fashion show is around the corner. As a third year fashion design student at NMU we are required to design and make 8 garments for our graduate fashion show held on the 11th of November 2017. We had to choose a book as inspiration, any book, read the book and then find your inspiration from that. When you have found your inspiration the brainstorming starts, and I designed 8 garments based on the inspiration from a book I read, and designed and made it from scratch.

The book I chose is Will Grayson, Will Grayson written by John Green and David Levithan.

The book starts of with a character called Will Grayson. He is a sweet and fun, yet nerdy guy who is a hopeless romantic. But things changes in the second chapter and Will Grayson is no longer happy. He is a sad, depressed guy who is going through a really tough time in his life. This created confusion within me, because it seemed as if Will Grayson had a split personality. After a whole lot of reading, I came to the realisation that Will Grayson does not have a split personality but is in fact two completely different people with exactly the same name and surname. The book gives no clear indication to who is who whereas a clear split or divide will be used throughout my range to show the two identities between the two characters. This will be done by use of strong contrasts between the colour, texture and materials.

Schrodinger’s cat appeared and in the book the authors use this philosophy/theory as a symbol for love. They imply that most people keep their boxes closed to avoid finding out how they really feel about something, so that they don’t have to deal with any feelings or situations. I am using both of the characters’ identities in my range to portray a romantic side with soft flow materials as well as a sexy, edgy side by using prints and textures with a whole lot of embellishments.

Keeping the metaphorical box closed has forced me to work with both the identities of Will Grayson and Will Grayson. This is how I came up with the untouchable of “IDENTITY”

I experimented with ice dying to portray the two identities coming together as one.

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Here is some sneak peeks of my 3rd year range. I hand embellished every single garment one bead at a time.





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Please note that I did crop the photo’s so that you can’t see the full garment if you would like to see the rest, please come to the fashion show on the 11th of November.


Please comment what you think for I have to include it in my journal for communication, thanks guys.

Can’t wait to show you the rest.

Stylesbyyolandi x




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  • Amoré

    Love the contrast! It’s funny how opposites work so well together, and the technique you used takes the garments to a whole different level. Really excited to see the show and your vision come to life.

  • LiezelW

    I couldn’t help tearing up reading this. Even though Will is physically two different people in the book, I believe all us have two different “Will’s” inside of us at times. Looking at your designs left me in awe how you translated the feelings and personalities of the two men. Your beading work is beautiful. The ice dying and what it represent is very special. Amazing job! Well done!

  • Enid Gerber

    Wow Yolandi dit lyk stunning.n Mens kan die liefde wat jy vir mode het sien in die handwerk. Dit is sal iemand baie spesiaal laat voel om so iets te kan aantrek. Pragtige werk!!

  • Marlene

    I adore the way you captured both of the Will Grayson characters and displayed both dark and light colours within the style of the clothing. Its very insperational and i can clearly see you adore what you do dearly , you have a big future ahead of you.

  • DaneMechali

    The way you translated the two characters and their differences into each of your garments is absolutely GENIUS!
    Your details are incredible and the amount of effort and late nights that went into that are so worth it!
    I’ve been there from the beginning and now seeing your outfits come together is amazing to watch! Your work is amazing, I’m proud of you!
    Well done.

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