Friday, 5 July 2013

Rising Stars - Women's Fashion Graduate Student Designers

This year the rising stars of the womenswear graduate student designers are:

Shining brightly is Kirandeep Bassan from Northampton University with a colourful collection that won her the Zandra Rhodes Textile Awards at the Graduate Fashion Show this year.

The main colour palette was of just three bright colours (orange, blue and yellow) but variations of shades gave depth and the illusion of many more.  Prints were everywhere right down to the high wedge clogs. 

 Texture was key as though the prints were exposing numerous layers of paint and brush strokes under a peeling surface.  Larger and smoother colour blocks became the canvas for contrasting shapes of circles and panels.

Thea Saunders of Nottingham Trent University knits together texture and colour  and won the Stuart Peters Knitwear Award

 Patterns clashed wonderfully together ranging from period, classic and contemporary. Yellow woollen shag pile adorned chunky cable short jackets like swirling gold baroque embroidery, whilst multi coloured shag piles created an unfinished tapestry effect on a slimmer digital patterned jumper.

Straight skirts and dresses knitted in an abstract and coloured take on the classic houndstooth were worn with jumpers in futuristic computer grid patterns.

Hannah Williams of UCA Epsom won the womenswear award with her minimalistic collection in pale pastels and neutrals. 

 Latex fabrics, frayed hems and simple loose cuts gave the collection a simplistic first impression.

But on closer inspection these shapes were like rubber casts ready to create another style as tactile trompe l’oeil brought a subtle 3D dimensional outline of lady like jackets with strings of pearls and an oversized zip fronted dress.  

Lauren Smith of Edinburgh College of Art won the prestigious George Gold award at the Graduate Fashion Show plus £20,000 prize money. 

Air bubble designs, appliqué doodles, oversized coloured paper clips on exaggerated A line tunics with patch pockets, coloured metal eyelets and coloured thread trimmings and wide bell sleeves gave a feeling of childlike innocence and dreams.

 Tulle mid calf skirts in neon yellow and pale blue added a light hearted flirty touch to this feminine collection.

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