Olivia Howick is a Surface Textiles for Fashion graduate from London College of Fashion, specialising in embroidery and embellishment, with a passion for transforming unexpected materials into luxurious fashion embellishment.
Transforming materials is becoming an increasingly important aspect of Olivia’s work. Her graduate collection saw PVC hose pipes cut, dyed and stitched to become PVC beadwork. Combining this with satin stitch work and screen printed fabric, Olivia likes to work with both traditional aspects to textile design as well more unconventional material.
Integral to Olivia’s practice is her illustration and drawing. Specializing in highly detailed hand rendered work, her illustration style is graphic, yet rich in textile inspired texture and detail. Olivia was selected as a finalist for the Nina de Yorke fashion illustration prize, and has also been shortlisted to compete to illustrate for the Maria Luisa website.
Olivia was selected for the LCF Press Exhibition 2013 and exhibited a sculptural textile piece which demonstrated the concepts surrounding her Final Collection, as well as showcasing new textile development.
Olivia is now freelancing within the fashion industry and works at London College of Fashion as specialist technical support for the embroidery department.
>Work selected for the London College of Fashion School of Design and Technology Annual 2013 for the BFC, presented at the BFC Graduate Preview Day
>Shortlisted for the BFC Chloe Design Competition
>Selected as participant for Illustration 2013
-Nina de Yorke Fashion Illustration Competition Finalist
-shorlisted for the marialusia.com fashion illustration competition
-LCF School of Design and Technology Illustration Annual 2013
>Selected as a participant for the FLORA&FAUNA Project
- producing T-shirt design entries for the Royal Horticultural Society
-collaborative photo shoot, producing digital prints for a dress and headpiece
>Freelance Textile Designer and Maker: March 2014-present
>Claire Barrow: January 2014-February 2014
>Erdem: October 2013-December 2013
>Leutton Postle: July/August 2013
>Alexander McQueen: October 2012, Embroidery Assistant, Paris
>Jane Bowler: September 2012: Studio Intern
>Alexander McQueen: April-July 2012, Embroidery Intern
>Emilio de la Morena: October 2011-January 2012 (part time): Studio/Textiles Intern
>Markus Lupfer: May-July 2011(part time): Studio Intern
>Beyond Retro:February-April 2011 (part time): Print and Textile Archive Intern