The Fashion Design course showcased the collections of some of the latest crop of talented final years students at Graduate Fashion Week on Sunday 1st June. The venue moved to the Truman Brewery in the heart of London’s fashionable Shoreditch this year, which was definitely a very positive move. The catwalk set was a bit of a nod to Tim Walker with a backdrop of the spines of giant sized sketchbooks, each labelled with the names of all the students showing.
Design inspiration ranged from photographic observations of buildings in Bermuda resulting in an upbeat, colourful graphic collection from Rochelle Minors to the breakdown of a relationship resulting in ‘The Last Hug’ from Xi Ming with a melancholic yet beautiful collection in black and shades of white reflecting feminine and masculine elements of a final embrace.
As always, there was a strong emphasis on cut and a sophisticated approach to design but this year also saw a big focus on surface interest techniques as seen in Shristi Rai’s collection which featured beautiful chunky knits and innovative textural appliqués. Charlotte Eastwood explored bulbous forms inspired by insect infestations, developing dramatic garments from moulded fabrics which she combined with contrasting delicate lace trimmed satin pieces.
Backstage images: Sam Chick