Caitlin Price has a strong passion for what she is doing which is evident as soon as she starts speaking. Whether it’s a book she just read or something she’s watching on eBay or an idea she’s working on - you get the idea that she is less a library bookworm and more a curtain twitcher, people watcher, scene invader. It was whilst assisting Christopher Shannon, after completing her BA at Brighton University, that she was encouraged to apply for the prestigious MA at Central St Martins by the menswear designer. Whilst studying in Brighton, Caitlin had noticed that there was a dearth of sports luxe collections within womenswear. A niche which her MA collection has finally answered perfectly. Hers is a long but fascinating process. Research takes many forms, “Most of my research tends to come from my own photographs: garments I’ve archived, pictures of my friends or places I’ve been that evoke the right mood. I suppose I get quite bored sifting through the same stuff in the library, I’d rather be out finding things.”
Inspiration comes from everywhere from books by photographer Tom Wood & artist Rineke Dijkstra to watching her and her mates get ready for a night out. The collection is all about transformations, “girls transforming themselves for a night out, tracksuit bottoms by day, fake eyelashes by night”. Which inspired her to have frilled details which would be added to glam an outfit up but could be taken away to reveal a sporty ‘day’ look. Caitlin says she felt the clash of oversized sportswear on girls & ultra feminine frills and ruching felt fresh to her. We agree!
Styling and words: John Colver
Photo: Oliver Hadlee Pearch