Fashion design graduate has dress featured on Channel 4

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A University of Salford BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate and MA Fashion Design graduate had his dress worn by Yasmin Finney on Channel 4.

Junjie Liu graduated from Salford in 2020 from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course. He then went on to do a Masters in Fashion Design which he graduated from this year.

Yasmin’s stylist messaged Junjie on Instagram requesting to borrow look three from his graduate collection which was showcased at the 2022 MA Fashion Design Graduate Collection Digital Show.

Yasmin wore the dress on Joe Lycett’s Big Pride Party on Channel 4 at the beginning of the month.

Junjie was told that the dress was for Yasmin but not where it was being worn, it was only when a friend spotted it. He said: “I found out through a snapchat sent from my friend, asking if that was my dress. I remember thinking watching the live, wow she looks amazing in it, and it moves really well when she was dancing.

“It didn't really hit me that night. It hit me when I saw Yasmin and heartstopper fan pages posting pictures and videos on Instagram and videos, reading comments about how the fans are obsessed with Yasmin's look, it honestly felt so surreal that the look received well from the public as this is the first time my design showcased nationally.”

When discussing the inspiration behind the blue dress, Junjie said: “There's no actual inspiration behind the dress, however the concept of the whole collection is how I imagine people should dress post-covid, with art, music, fashion flourishing again, just like the Art Deco era right of the Spanish flu. My imagination has become reality when Yasmin having fun and dancing in the Big Pride Party.”

One of the most significant things that he has learnt from Salford is to not be afraid, he said: “Don't be afraid, dare to experiment! Get out of your comfort zone! Don't settle with one style or aesthetic, try out different things, always leave people guessing what's next.”

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