Here with my seamstress in South London we make soul, story and pattern full dresses from patchworked vintage silks.
Like you, there is only one of each dress.
That's why at the heart of We-Resonate is the journey towards a beautiful, reimagined, sustainable world most impacted by our self discovery.
I began We-Resonate in 2017 whilst on maternity leave from heading up the Print Team at McQ Alexander McQueen. At McQ before production we made inspirational pieces, full of magic and authentic beauty. We-Resonate dresses hold this magic.
During my journey here I've learnt from great thought leaders who inspire impactful living by reconnecting with our own magic, our imagination and compassion.
I believe it starts with how to uniquely experience life often on that path less taken. It's this journey of discovery that has inspired my workshops since 2018.
Now through coaching and workshops I help self-seekers explore their true paths, power and have courage in their creativity.
I would love to hear your story,
Lizzie Clark ~ Founder
Hi, I'm Lizzie
I started a blog to gather this information and was surprised that I couldn’t (in 2017) find beautiful pieces in the sustainable fashion world. I knew that if I could make clothing that was both ethical and featured the artistry I had honed at McQueen, it would become an irresistible alternative to people who love beauty and are concerned about the environment. I had something to give and it was time to step up.
From 2011, I worked at McQ Alexander McQueen, a company I had dreamt of working for. I loved the story-rich beginnings of collections, such as a patchwork of paintings or a collection of old textiles, deconstructed into modern and beautiful pieces.
In 2018, while on maternity leave, I watched a film called The True Cost that documented the harrowing global effects of fast fashion trends. I knew a change had to happen. Was my joy of new clothes really worth that sadness and scale of impact? And what was the alternative to buy?
These aren't just dresses,
they are pieces rich in story, reuse and of unique beauty.
Through creativity we can beautifully reimagine today and our future ways of doing things, from food, community to fashion.
Believing in our imagination, matters.
The funny thing is, when I was 18 I set the intention to live in New York and work for Alexander McQueen, both in which I had done before I was 25.
We-Resonate was born. I chose the name because I wanted my message to resonate, like ripples through water, on this tide of change. 4 years later this has come to represent the power of self resonance, from the inside out.
Today, the dresses and collaboration headbands with War & Drobe are sold globally and are loved by thousands of women. The most beautiful impact being reviews of the sense of self, power of feminine energy and uniqueness they make people feel.
A common thread between those who buy the dresses is the belief in a world where beauty isn’t in what we’re told to believe in but in what has been, who we are and what we uniquely hold close to our hearts.
My love affair with fashion started with a dressing up box I was given as a child by my great Aunt Ivy. It was stashed full of outlandish, flamboyant, beautiful chiffon gowns. Aunt Ivy was an icon to me, fun and fearless, seeking beauty in everyday life and in others.
Determined to study Art I graduated in 2008 in Printed Textile Design at Winchester School of Art, during I developed a keen visual interest in landscapes impacted by industrialisation. After Uni I created lush A1 silk paintings and then moved to New York for a year to work as a printed scarf designer.
I began with my collection of vintage silk scarves, from Hell's Kitchen Flea market when I lived in New York to Portabello Road. They were perfect, existing fabrics, often frayed around the edges and each a different unique print. I found Sigita, my seamstress in South London, a bespoke bridal specialist in silk and we made the first dress for me. I was sick of overdesigned, restrictive womenswear and loved the layered oversized freedom of menswear. I decided on a slip dress, the perfect style and timeless canvas for a patchwork of silks. I would make the dresses iconic, with a strong look, like a woman with a centre parting in her hair. The silks would be patched at the centre in a balance of equal parts. I wore the first dress to a wedding – and felt on top of the world!
With curious self discovery, we can explore what’s driving us and why. Here is where we begin new, clearer paths for ourselves, communities and future generations, and feel the peace within.
I believe every one of us has a unique magic, found when we can enjoy who we are, embrace truths and refuse the status quo.