The University of Northampton took to the stage at Graduate Fashion Week with an array of colour and textiles created by ambitious student designers.
The show, which included designs from students at 40 universities across the country, took place on Monday June 2.
Third year students took part in the catwalk show held at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, which showcased 19 final year collections and accessories. Amber Taylor’s collection filled the runway with contrasting tartan fabrics, hand crafted into three-piece-suits, with a unique twist of three-quarter-length trousers. She also chose to accessorise the models with umbrellas, suitcases and was given Jeffery West shoes by Guy West himself, setting off a sophisticated 1950s style.
A static entourage of ethereal fashions created by Crystal Fung, flowed down the runway as fabrics filled with small Styrofoam balls bounced and flowed over the contours of each model. She teamed the unusual outfits with medical masks of the same design and platform ballerina shoes.
Laura Prioletti brought an elegant classicism to the stage through flowing layers using blue fox and in other garments purple Mongolian lamb. Her designs were accessorised with the intricately crafted luxury bags by Sianne Smart. The manipulation and use of leather and fur materials is exquisite with a flawless sheen that gives a perfectly groomed finish. As the bags varied in size, the entwined braided handles stayed around the same length, making them easy to drape over the arm.
The winner of the inaugural Cordwainer’s Footwear Student of the Year award, Helen Kirkum, also won third place in the Graduate Fashion Week Accessory Award with her men’s footwear and superbly crafted bags and backpacks. The collection consisted of a deconstructed backpack covered in hand painted leather using brightly coloured paint streaks throughout the design.
Overall the University of Northampton, BA (Hons) Fashion and the pathways from the School of The Arts students, created collections which were worthy of their time on the catwalk, and proves that high level fashion doesn’t just come out of London! The variety of colours and silhouettes illustrated the determination and dedication each individual student had for their final year collection, displayed through both the traditional and never-before-seen ways of working with the materials chosen.
Jane Mills, senior lecturer in fashion at the University of Northampton, said: “Our Fashion students have become widely recognised for their talents and skills in craftsmanship, design and manufacture - and most importantly for being ahead of the design curve. The University of Northampton has long established links with industry, which develops our student’s industry ready employability skills.”