Deviyani Cockcroft is an Austrailian/ Indonesian born Fashion Designer with a background in Bespoke Tailoring and luxury Ready to Wear. She has developed skills across several continents throughtout the years, combining techniques from couture, bespoke and her native crafts with experience in batik, embroidery, payet, sulam pita, smocking and advance textile treatments.
She combines these skills with a focus on deceptively simple contemporary silhouettes and flowing cuts, thus focusing the eye on the properties of her highly crafted fabrics and the craftmanship of her techniques.
Deviyani believes in authenticity and showing off the best of natural fibres that she sources from around the world. She uses her mixed heritage to inform her selections, collaborating closely with artisanal craftsmen in Indonesia for her batik and kebaya lace designs, sourcing her wools primarily from Yorkshire where she has ancestry and sourcing other fabrics from France where she spent a year studying luxury womenswear. Her work is very structural, playing with inherent properties of these fabrics. Deviyani’s design research comes from in-depth exploration into complex themes inspired by nature, art, technological developments, film, architecture and geology. She uses her experience in styling and fashion publishing to create wearable pieces from these complex stories.
Deviyani’s work and life is fundamentally influenced by her experience as a “Third-Culture Kid” constantly questioning the balance between East and West and the influence of various culture she has experienced in flux throughout her life. She’s lived in various countries such as: Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. She started travelling from a young age and constantly travelled and moved around throughout her life.