UWE Bristol students have Graduate Fashion all sewn up

Issue date: 04 May 2012

Beky Hughill - Fashion Communication at UWE Bristol

Friday 11 May, Trinity Centre, Bristol

Doors open 18:00, catwalk show starts 19:30

'Fashion says stitched' is the inventive title of this year's graduate collection of exciting and innovative work from UWE Bristol's talented group of Fashion students.

Final year students will showcase their garment collections in a catwalk show of contemporary women's and men's wear including knitwear and print design. There will also be an exhibition of textiles, photography, illustration and styling from the 2D students.

Adrian Grandon, Fashion Design programme leader at UWE Bristol says, “The fashion team have high hopes for this year's cohort, they are a particularly strong year with collections that are distinctive and individual, showing an idiosyncratic personality which UWE Bristol is well known for. We are looking forward to an exciting event that will help invigorate Bristol in being seen as a centre of fashion outside of London, with its own character and sense of style.

“We have won the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week Gold award on two separate occasions and as such expect to see high quality collections showing a diversity of ideas, colours and fabrics. We are also showing a selection of Fashion photography and printed textiles work within an exhibition format.

“This year's graduating cohorts have already had strong interaction with industry during their placements in their second year with brands such as Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson, Vivienne Westwood, Tatler, Stephen Jones, Lyle and Scott and we wish them every success in carrying over these experiences into their future career aspirations.”

Students showing their work this year include:

Joanna Roberts, studying Textiles for Fashion. Specialising in print and embroidery design for fashion, she works with bright colours, unique subject matter and heavily detailed drawings and paintings. She uses these elements to create exciting textiles with a unique personal style.

Talking about her designs, she says, “My inspiration often comes from science, biology and everyday objects. I use a lot of florals in my designs but in a scientific approach, my Botanical collection features accurately drawn paintings inspired by Victorian encyclopaedias of English plants. In contrast another collection is a futuristic look at plants and how we will grow and use them in an apocalyptic environment, using vibrant colours and plasticised nature. My textiles have a bright, fun, joyful edge and my Spots & Dots collection really shows this; inspired by microscopic germs and petri dish experiments, I have played with composition and colour featuring spots and geometric shapes in a variety of scales and sizes. I use a lot of geometric patterns, also looking at food arrangement and culinary art. My graduate collection is a beautiful mix of textiles, with a simplistic, clean, bright and fun personal style.”

Cheryl Curtis studying Fashion attributes her long time fascination with Shakespeare's Juliet as the inspiration for her collection 'Juliet'. She explains, “I am particularly captivated by her character – feisty yet innocent and strong yet fragile. In a world where feminine beauty seems so often entwined with overt sexuality and over confidence, I see in Juliet a true, natural and vulnerable beauty. It was my intention to create a collection with a sense of drama and an air of innocence, femininity and an element of quirkiness, daring to be different.”

Cheryl wanted to blend her Juliet with the seasonal changes that nature displays. This is apparent in shape, texture and uneven hemlines and made using natural fabrics including lace, silk and cotton. Her colour choices reflect the varying themes of annual changes allowing each garment to take up its very own personality just like the seasons.

Beky Hughill - Fashion Communication is influenced by her extravagant bizarre childhood memories of her great Aunts, both whom suffered mental illness consequently surrounding her in their wacky, wonderful, colourful lifestyles.

Beky explains, “They indulged in fashion, luxurious clothes bellowed out of wardrobes, bars of scented soaps and cold creams spilled from their lingerie draws. This impact of colour, beauty, perfection and intensity is mixed with that of bizarre manic and depressive relationships. I translate these contrasted relationships, through bright colours and dark hues, almost all my works concentrates on the female body and sexualising it, experimenting with light and photo editing to emphasis on hyper real photography.”

The students will be exhibiting their work at Graduate Fashion Week London 10-13 June 2012 and can also be viewed online at www.artsthread.com


Fashion says stitched – UWE Graduate Fashion Show

Date: 11 May 2012
Venue: Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW
Time: 18:00-22:00

Cost: £8 students, £10 adults

There are limited tickets available for this show, for all ticket enquiries, please e-mail fashionsaysstitched@hotmail.com

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