Being a third year, I guess you kind of feel that you are at the top of the food chain. You’ve spent the last two years learning and honing in on your craft, developing an aesthetic and working with the tutors and technicians. However, the Private View of ‘Cut to Suit’ served as a timely and humbling reminder to keep you on your toes.
Held at UCA’s Rochester campus on the evening of Thursday 26th November, students and staff alike were invited to view the carefully selected works of the Fashion Design second year tailoring project ‘Cut to Suit’. The 9 week project which involved researching and designing through to developing final garments captivated its audience as they wandered through the exhibition under a mellow soundtrack of the likes of James Blake and Jamie Woon and low murmur of chatty tutors enjoying a glass (or two) of wine.
Proving that their design talent is way ahead of their years, each carefully selected piece was contrasting to the next, drawing on various inspirations and demonstrating the diverse range of creative minds that attend UCA. The innovational designs would have sat comfortably on the rail of a luxury boutique. With perfectly pitched sleeves and manufacturing techniques that raised standards, each piece was cut and made to a precision that can only be commended (and also had us reflecting back on everything we’ve ever made). Tempted to touch and to steal, we all wondered, just how did they do it?
Envy inducing portfolio pages were shown alongside their designs, giving us an insight into the development of their design process and also a hint of what impressive ideas they have up their tailored sleeves when they become final years.
Being at the top of the food chain isn’t about age or year group, it’s a measure of dedication and creativity. It would seem that the second years of 2015 are doing everything but sticking to the current status quo.
Kira Jayden-Matthews & Levi Ibrahima, 3rd year Fashion Design students, UCA Rochester