Twenty-nine BA (Hons) Fashion Design students showcased their final collections in front of more than 300 clothing industry guests, family and friends in the first show of its type to be held at MediaCityUK. The collections ranged from fine tailoring and evening wear to active sportswear and military styling, taking inspiration from diverse sources including American printmaker Frank Stella, artist Gerhard Richter and the Madagascan sunset moth.
Two specially-developed iPhone apps were also launched on the night. 30 gives highlights of each final year student’s design work, while Folie en Famille features a selection of short films depicting artistic interpretations about fashion from final year design, image making and styling students.
Five awards, judged by a panel of industry professionals, were presented on the night to students, including prizes for best collection, sponsored by Matalan, innovation and best use of colour. 16 students were also selected to present their collections at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week at London’s Earl’s Court on Sunday 10 June.
Student James Greig, who won the Boris Trambusti Design award on the evening and is one of the graduates whose work will be shown at Graduate Fashion Week, said: “Being part of the London show and winning the award is a fantastic way for me to finish my course. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I started my degree but I’ve learned so much and the competition and inspiration from being around such creative people has driven me forward. It’s been a life-changer and I really think I’ve found my niche.”
James’s collection of tailored sportswear was inspired by free climber Alain Robert and, following graduation, he will be travelling to China to intern for Hong Bang Tailoring.
Bashir Aswat, the University’s Fashion Programme Leader, commented: “All the collections showed real forward thinking in design and I’m thrilled that the phenomenal hard work by students and our team has come together so well. We managed to create an intimate setting for the show in a dynamic, modern venue and we’re now looking forward to taking 16 collections to Graduate Fashion Week.”
More images from the Fashion Design Graduate Show are available at the University's Flickr photostream.