Wear your heritage with pride
This body of work grew from Livia questioning her own roots and identity. This was prompted by the UK voting to leave the EU only last summer, Trump’s election as the new US president and the growth of the extreme right throughout Europe. Saddened to see this new rise in xenophobia and narrow-minded views on immigration, Livia challenges these ideas in her work while ultimately questioning what classifies someone as an immigrant. Having grown up in a society with an ever-widening racial, religious, and cultural diversity, Livia has always embraced the richness that it can bring.
Exploring her ancestry and heritage to find out where she really comes from, Livia follows her French roots all the way back to Poland before the Jews were prosecuted in the second world war. She also explores her English side to the east end of London and back to Ireland, Scotland and central Europe where many of her family come from.
Through the designing and making process of this fashion collection, Livia continued to push the boundaries of traditional hand-embroidery techniques and embellishments by using unconventional materials such as Hama beads, plastic tubings, or occasionally pasta. Livia used whitework and lace as a predominant inspiration for her surface designs, which are intertwined with her graphic family portraits. Livia’s bold and exciting use of colour and patterns create statement designs that grab our focus and lead us through this unique family tree in which she approaches personal and global issues of identity. Livia’s choice of embroidering her art work onto a garment reflects that our heritage is part of us and we carry it with us all the time, we should be able to wear it with pride and not embarrassment.