Latest designs from UWE's Fashion and Textile students

Issue date: 24 May 2005

Issue date: 24/05/05

Students graduating from the Fashion and Textiles award at the University of the West of England will show their original collections in a special catwalk fashion show at the Industrial Museum in Bristol on Saturday 28 May (16.30 and 19.30). Their work will also be shown at Graduate Fashion Week in London (5-8 June) an event which attracts the interest of top names in the fashion business. This show will be at 19.30 on Tuesday 7 June at Battersea Park Arena, Battersea Park, London.

Malcolm McInnes, one of the students’ tutors who also has a design studio in Milan, says, “This year the students’ work closely reflects contemporary trends in fashion design - currently moving away from revealing the body to covering it, while looking back to ‘sensible’ clothing which reflects classic proportions and the craft of garment making.

“This year also sees the success of a new pathway within Fashion at UWE, with students broadening their skills from pure design into other related fashion areas. Some students excel as designers but there are also those who are excellent at illustration, photography and styling. The fashion industry needs all these people and our course enables students to make the most of their talents and prepares them for a variety of roles within the fashion industry. This year, one of our students, Rebecca Rudman, has already worked for Italian Elle as a stylist before completing her degree, and other students have specialised as illustrators or photographers and will take on other roles within the fashion business.”

Denim delights – Jessica Noy

Amongst those students whose work will be on show is Jessica Noy who has already won a prize for her design skills – she won a month’s work placement in September with River Island working with their accessories designer for her original bag design for the GFW 2005 competition.

Jessica’s collection is based on the blue jeans and white t-shirt look and is aimed at both men and women, “I really like the idea of sharing your boyfriend or girlfriend’s jeans. My jumpers, t-shirts and tracksuits have all been made from t-shirts. My real strength lies in customizing and manipulating already existing clothing. I like to see it as 'the green laundrette'....deconstruct to reconstruct! My inspirations for this collection comes from the history of denim and icons such as James Dean. I like to heavily accessorize the garments which are aimed at a young market aged 16- 28. When I graduate I hope to gain some more work experience and then hopefully start a small label of my own - but who knows what the future holds!”

Focus on Fair Trade - Amy Hodgkinson

Speaking about her work Amy Hodgkinson says, “My collection is based around the aspirations of 1930's America during the Great Depression. In response to the aesthetic of the times created by utility clothing and poverty, I have been using a mixture of fairly traded, organic and recycled fibres. I intend to address the issues of poverty behind the style in an optimistic light in both design and method by creating a collection that could be produced by a fairly trading village, avoiding expensive machinery and taking advantage of the aesthetic of traditional low tech handwork such as natural dyeing, woodcut printing and embroidery.”

Bright and funky coloured knitwear – Rachel Murt

Rachel Murt has focused on knitwear and loves using bright colours with interesting textile features to create exciting garments and outfits. Rachel says, “For my final collection I was inspired by a David Hockney landscape painting. From this starting point I did some knit samples representing colours and textures from the painting and designed from them. I have also used brocades and printed fabrics alongside the knit and I enjoy using crochet on the knit as a finishing. My market is aimed at women in their late 20's. My plan for the future is to specialise in knit, working as part of a team and possibly go on to do a MA in knitwear.”

From Mongolia to urban chic – Becky Hill

The clothing of Mongolian nomads was the inspiration for Becky Hill’s collection aimed at style-conscious young women in their twenties. An image in which the nomads wore their outer garments undone and off the shoulder led her to explore the look of clothes when undone and done up incorrectly.

Fashion Design student Becky says, “My work focuses on the cut of each individual garment, and I aim to create interesting shapes which will complement each other in a collection. The initial shapes originate from my rough sketches, which challenge me to translate vague lines into definite designs. My collection of autumn/winter looks involving pinstripes, herringbone wool and leather detailing evolved from these drawings. I chose fabrics to complement the cut of each garment, which allowed me to experiment with cutting fabric on the bias. The market my clothes are aimed at is typically that of a woman aged 25-30, likely to work in a creative industry who shops at independent designer outlets and design lead stores such as Browns Focus.

My plan for the coming year would be to secure an internship with a designer to gain more experience, then to complete an MA in London.”


Editor’s notes

Fashion Show at the Industrial Museum, Bristol
Saturday 28 May, 16.30pm and 19.30pm
Tickets are £5.00 at 16.30 and £10.00 – for the evening show. For tickets please call 0117 32 84716.

Graduate Fashion Week: 5-8 June 2005, Battersea Park Arena, London
(UWE show at 19.30, Tuesday 7 June). Please call 0117 32 84716 for information on tickets for the London show.

The following visuals are available upon request from the press office

1. Caption: Jessica Noy’s winning bag
2. Caption: One of Amy Hodgkinson’s ‘fairly traded’ garments
3. Rachel Murt’s brightly coloured knitwear
4. Becky Hill was inspired by Mongolian clothing

Further visuals will be available after the event.

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