Dumpty presented their Spring Summer ‘18 collection ‘Crucial Interventions’ at London Fashion Week using the illustrations of crude surgeries from Richard Barnett’s book as the main source of inspiration. Showing menswear, womenswear and knitwear this season, the brand sets out to move the boundaries for silhouettes and textures using the unusual outlines of wounds and the remarkable imagery of bandages encountered in the book as influence, creating a quirky and humorous collection.
The signature Dumpty grimace pattern and loose silhouettes are back for another season reinforcing the image of the Dumpty persona – humble and mild on the outside, but wild on the inside.
The SS18 palette sees hues of blackish green, blue, pink, black and white, derived from the colours of the glass containers used by the 19th century surgeons adding a sense of transparency to the collection. These shades incorporated with materials such as leatherette, PU and knitwear expose the collection’s tensions and contradictions with precision. The knitwear itself is further embellished with an elastic and reflective woven tape. The looks are completed with interesting accessories – shaped as ears and nipples – all made with innovative 3D modelling techniques.
Dumpty Studio was established in London by fashion designers Ruru and Linbing whose expertise lies in silhouette designing and textures. The newer members of the team, Sun and Falco, brought additional vitality and passion to the brand. All four designers come from the University of Arts’ best known fashion institutions, Central St Martin’s and London College of Fashion. The designers’ different backgrounds complement each other allowing the brand to have a unique signature statement.