Graduate Fashion Week 2018

Helen Kaye NTU

Graduate Fashion Week is a major moment in our fashion calendar. It may not feel as seismic as the SS/AW shows but it’s here that you’ll be able to see in which direction the fashion compass is pointing in terms of names to watch out for in the years to come. 2018 was one of the most accomplished years ever – look through our images and we think you’ll forget that these are graduate collections you’re viewing. Many could be straight from a well established fashion house, given the creativity they embody or the I-want-to-wear-that craving they trigger. There are so many students this year who deserve recognition – we asked some of these budding designers to tell us about their work.

Rebecca Lennox, Nottingham Trent University

Rebecca Lennox, Nottingham Trent

My twin sister, a ballerina as a child and an economic major to date was my muse. The collection ‘The Banker & The Ballerina’ draws inspiration from the Russian heritage of ‘The Ballet Russe’ and the androgynous style of a 1920s banker. The prints featured in my collection were inspired by the original costumes from the ‘Russe’ and the story behind the Russian folktale ‘Firebird.’ In Stravinsky’s ballet this is about a half-woman, half bird who is captured by Prince Ivan who finds her sitting amongst the golden apples outside his palace.

Rebecca Lennox, Nottingham Trent

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Iola Downing, Birmingham City University

Iola Downing, Birmingham City University

My collection consisted of vibrant, heavy knits and hand crochet squares of various sizes. I also used a lycra material to make the under garments seen in some outfits. These under garments featured laser cut bananas, which from a viewing point in the audience of GFW could have gone unnoticed. Several banana details appeared throughout my collection – crochet ones on the visors, dress straps, bag and shoes along with plastic ones as buttons on the skirt. This was all a conceptual link from an artist called Dan Lam who inspired me. I designed the collection to stand out and reflect my colourful personality.

Iola Downing, Birmingham City University

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Huang Jerry, NUA

Huang Jerry, NUA

The name of the collection is “Limitless,” reflecting an idea that there are no limits between the West and the East, everything can be connected. So the concept of the collection is “when traditional Japanese culture connects with modern fashion.” The inspiration behind the designs comes from 6 different Japanese culture elements: Artisan, Samurai, House, Festive, Religion and Ideology of the Zen.

Huang Jerry, NUA

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Matilda Morris, Manchester School of Art

Matilda Morris, Manchester School of Art

My collection is based around femininity, fluidity and non-conventional fabrication. When designing, I like to incorporate a sense of playfulness, which is reflected through the use of latex and rubber in a contemporary fashion context. My initial primary research strand is Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ (1979), which inspired my use of the “wet look” rubberised silicone as a key design detail. I am heavily inspired by sci-fi and horror movies, and the different aesthetics that stem from these genres.

Matilda Morris, Manchester School of Art

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Catherine Denniss, Birmingham City University

Catherine Denniss, Birmingham City University

The collection was based on a man’s biography – Charly Baumann – and the concept told a story of how his life began in the war and then how he escaped to the circus. The collection print is inspired by the tradition circus stripe. The process for the printing used procion dye and heat pressing creases to break up the stripes structure. The pocket and workwear details are inspired by the war and uniform element. Eyelets and ropes are used consistently throughout, this was inspired by circus tent details. I have used a lot of waterproof fabrics, popper, eyelet and rope details, as well as twin top stitching on seams to create a durable finish on the garments. The burgundy jersey rib (cropped vest) you see in the picture was manipulated by me to create the ribbed effect.

Catherine Denniss, Birmingham City University

Images shot for us by Maps Studios

Billy Tempest-Radford, University of Brighton

Billy Tempest-Radford, University of Brighton

A hyperreal 70’s dinner party of saturated hues, tableware prints, mismatched suiting and apron attire. My collection focuses on a structured shirt look, layered with apron dresses, tabards and coats. Shirts have oversized 70’s style masculine collars with ballooning sleeve silhouettes, balanced with decorative fastenings of giant zips and candy coloured poppers. Flared trouser shapes are used throughout, cinching in at the waist with thick elastic striped belts. Coats feature oversized lapels and pockets finished with topstitching. Psychedelic socks made from original 1970’s prints accompany each look, complimented by oversized shopper bags and clutches.

Billy Tempest-Radford, University of Brighton

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Yasmin Harrison, University of Salford

Yasmin Harrison, University of Salford

My collection was inspired by the women who challenge the gender norms in sports, a protest piece for more exposure for the women who play typically gentlemanly sports such as cricket or boxing. I combined a feminine silhouette with sporty elements to fit my concept in powerful protest Red.

Yasmin Harrison, University of Salford

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Molly Goole, University of Central Lancashire

Molly Goole, University of Central Lancashire

My womenswear collection is based around Body Dysmorphic Disorder and focuses on how this disorder can distort reality in so many different ways for different people. I used ‘BDD’ to influence my silhouette, bringing exaggerated and restricted shapes, this in turn influenced my research into straight jackets and corsets and making the extreme the norm while also taking inspiration from personal primary questionnaires.

Molly Goole, University of Central Lancashire

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Penny Charlotte Gibbs, Northumbria University

Penny Charlotte Gibbs, Northumbria University

A personal and beloved sport of mine, Skiwear is the key element to the collection which is glorified throughout its archive of traditional skiwear and translated into a head to toe knitwear collection. The attitude to the collection is inspired by Après Ski, Exciting, fun and free. Focusing on iconic 1960-70’s block colouring influences, the collection displays colour and vibrancy through stripe / pattern and print. Alpine Chic A/W18 is designed to portray a vibe that is SPORTY, VIBRANT and FUN.

Penny Charlotte Gibbs, Northumbria University

Images shot for us by Maps Studios and Kerry Curl

Leona Kirk, Arts University Bournemouth

Leona Kirk, AUB

My inspiration came from skatepark ramps and bowls to inform seam lines coming together to create iconic shapes and concepts within menswear. I also used Japanese pattern cutting techniques in a re-energised way to form bold silhouettes throughout. I encapsulated the rebellion of skate culture alongside movement and vibrant colours inspired by graffiti and street art. A use of aerodynamic and energetic fabrics throughout creates fluidity within the collection and leans towards a sporty vibe. Print collaboration with graffiti artist and ex skater Owain Nicholls enabled me to form a vibrant and eye catching mix of digital and screen prints.

Leona Kirk AUB

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

 Jacaranda Brain,Nottingham Trent University

 Jacaranda Brain,Nottingham Trent University

My collection (‘Nudibranch’) is made up of innovative sculpted knits, engineered together and inspired by a peculiar creature called a Nudibranch. A Nudibranch is a sea slug. When you think of the word slug, you think of something slimy that comes out in the rain, but the Nudibranch is quite the opposite; they are beautifully textured, vibrant little animals. I used the Nudibranch’s wacky shapes to inform silhouette and knit structure and their bright colours to inform my dip-dyed colour palette. The aim of my collection was to adhere to the traditional ways of making Knitwear but put my contemporary spin on it, pushing the boundaries of what people think knitwear is.

 Jacaranda Brain,Nottingham Trent University

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Michaela Punnett, UCA Rochester

Michaela Punnett, UCA Rochester

The concept ‘Glitch’ is based on technical glitches. The no signal messages on an old television, white noise, static and the fuzz that you would see on old video tapes. The concept is also clashed with the muse, Louise Brooks who was a famous actress in the 1920s. This is where the silhouette for the collection comes in. By mixing the 20s silhouette with the technological glitches for print and colour inspiration, it has allowed me to create a collection that is both quirky and colourful.

Michaela Punnett, UCA Rochester

FASHION SCHOOL SHOWS

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Selected graduates from: Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, Falmouth University, Leeds Arts University, Plymouth College of Art , Glasgow School of Art and Solent University

GFW Collective

GFW Collective

GFW Collective

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University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

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University of Salford

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Images shot for us by Maps Studios and Kerry Curl

Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Northumbria University

Northumbria University

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University of East London

University of East London

University of East London

University of East London

University of East London

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Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

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Northampton University

Northampton University

Northampton University

Northampton University

Northampton University

Images shot for us by Kerry Curl

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Images shot for us by Maps Studios and Kerry Curl

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University

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Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Images shot for us by Maps Studios and Kerry Curl

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art

Manchester School of Art

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art

Edinburgh College of Art

BTS image shot for us by Alexander Chai, FOH by Kerry Curl

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

FOH images shot for us by Alexander Chai, BTS by Kerry Curl

Norwich University

Norwich University

Norwich University

NUA

Norwich University

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai.

University of Brighton

University of Brighton

University of Brighton

University of Brighton

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai.

UCA Rochester

UCA Rochester

UCA Rochester

UCA Rochester

UCA Rochester

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

Kingston University

Kingston University

Kingston University

Kingston University

Kingston University

Images shot for us by Alexander Chai

International Showcase

International Showcase

International Showcase

International Showcase

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