The MA Fashion Design students continue to work on their final collections in readiness for their end of year exhibition. This year’s cohort will present a truly international view of fashion design to include collections that directly draw upon diverse cultural heritages and cross-cultural influences as well as personal explorations of the human form that test and challenge conventional silhouettes and proportions, both visionary in their intent and aesthetic in their visual appeal.
New and innovative fabrics characterise many of the collections including eco-friendly silks that are manufactured in Brazil using environmentally-friendly dyes and authentic West African printed cottons that are complimented with beaded accessories, sourced from local artisans in West Africa. The designers continue to test and explore their ideas in a variety of ways and to incorporate practical skills and techniques including experimental draping, pleating, innovative quilting and abstract padding, colour blocking using bold graphic colours, trompe l’oeil effects to displace volume and accentuate form as well as deconstructing garments to recover their inherent characteristics and explore their potential to be reclaimed and worn in a variety of ways or adapted to an individual wearer.
The MA designers’ photo-shoot takes place next week and is eagerly anticipated by the cohort, offering each of them an opportunity to articulate their design vision and affirm their position as the emerging design talent of the future.
John Hopkins, Programme Leader, MA Fashion Design