Bradford School of Arts & Media’s Fashion Show is always a highlight of the College calendar and this year demand to see the pre-degree collections, degree and individual graduate collections was so high that four shows were staged on Thursday 28th June in the College’s Henry Mitchell Hall. After the shows, Angela Loftus, Course Tutor for BA (Hons) Fashion Design commented, “I feel as though this year’s has been the best so far in both content and production, which allowed us to push the boundaries.” Fashion staff were deluged with positive feedback and congratulations from industry professionals and academic visitors. Clyde Sheriffe of the University of Huddersfield, said “The fashion was the best I have seen from Bradford ever; staff and students should be very proud of the year 2012.The last scene was the best collection I have seen this year.” Helen Portas of Grattan remarked, “An amazing show; the graduates’ work was outstanding and we look forward to creating more industrial links/placement opportunities with you in the future.” Tymoor Gharbo of Diesel said “A stunning show - well done.”
You can see coverage of all the collections here:
First year students on the BTEC Extended Diploma Fashion & Clothing produced a collaborative collection entitled Alter Ego inspired by traditional and contemporary armour; while second year students have responded individually to the idea of Sanctuary.
First and second year degree students have worked in collaboration with important local firms to design garments which will also be shown at external fashion shows in July. First year BA (Hons) Fashion Design students created Elizabeth’s Parade, a special Diamond Jubilee inspired collection using British made worsteds and ceremonial braids. This collection has been sponsored by the Clissold Group and Wyedean Weaving Company Ltd and was also shown at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Second year degree students considered the past and the future. They responded to a brief from Grattan to celebrate their centenary, creating garments inspired by the company’s archives from 1912 - 1990. They also produced a second collection, 100 Years Down The Road exploring ideas for the future and designing outfits inspired by technology, postage and packaging. These collections were also shown at Grattan's fashion show, held at the National Media Museum.
Grattan 1912 -1990
100 Years Down The Road
Fresh from attending Graduate Fashion Week in London, fifteen of our final year degree students unveiled their own collections.
Natalie Johnson’s collection is an intricately detailed autumn/winter womenswear collection inspired by old objects and furniture found in the attic.
Jess Latz has designed a fun womenswear collection inspired by ‘retro’ computer/video games which uses bright colours, original digital prints and individual laser cut Perspex buttons.
Sofia Wallis Henny’s has produced a ready-to-wear collection inspired by the beliefs and values of the Native Americans, which contrasts bold, clashing digital prints and the delicate subtlety of feathers.
Full Steam Ahead
Sophia Khan’s collection is inspired by the steam punk movement.
Has Gaudi Been?
Masuma Sultana’s collection reflects the artist’s mosaic work, using patchwork developed into a simplified but eye catching colour palette.
Down in the darkness where the celery sleeps
Francesca Hardy has produced an eccentric collection inspired by the idealisation of British gardening; sampling allotments, British vegetables and elements from the classic fairy-tale, Thumbelina, and contrasts oversized and exaggerated aspects with the miniature Thumbelina.
Tayira Jan Majid‘s womenswear collection is based on Botticelli’s painting, The Birth of Venus, using the imagery of shells, hair, the female form; and also the symbolism, representation and attributes associated with the goddess Venus.
Touch of Africa
Trish Moyo’s collection explores traditional African fabrics mixed with denim to portray powerful, yet feminine, women.
Me and Liz
Holly Perkins has worked alongside sponsor Oxfam to explore upcycling and unique statement pieces for her collection, ‘’ which is inspired by diversity of rubbish encountered on walks with the Liz the dog.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
Sarah Murphy’s collection is based upon a bride’s obsession with how they look on their wedding day, and uses Swarovski crystals to represent broken glass, which gradually becomes more dramatic and larger throughout the collection.
Angel (Xin Kang Wang) has brought together western and eastern cultures for her collection inspired by modern art and the film Orlando, based in Elizabethan times; and uses chopsticks for accessories and digitally printed fabrics based on objects and furniture from her home in China.
Lubna Jahangir has created digital prints and silhouettes for her collection, which is inspired by Rajasthani Indian puppets.
Sharan Kaur’s collection focuses on the brand Bentley, referring to the craftsmanship of the cars and taking inspiration from intricate detail from both present and heritage ranges.
The Metamorphosis of Narcissus
Simon Hinken’s haute couture collection is an experimentation of the human form through the eyes of a surrealist, and paying particular attention to the work of Salvador Dali, it uses accentuation and exaggeration to manipulate the body.
Rajan Kumar Soond’s collection is influenced by the quotation “Put on the complete suit of armour from God, that he may protect you from the machinations of the Devil” and is inspired from the comfort of the scripture as well as knighthood and King Henry VIII.
The stylish hair and make up created by Hair and Beauty students also received many compliments. Many thanks also to Morton Gledhill - The Fashion Team for superb models and show production.