Our latest crop of aspiring fashion designers flaunted their flair and ingenuity in the annual Bradford School of Arts and Media Fashion Show 2014, held on 12th June. The appreciative audience were treated to diverse collections from students from the Extended Diploma Fashion & Clothing and BA (Hons) Fashion Design programmes.
The pre-degree collections comprised ‘Self-Defence’, a collaborative collection inspired by both historical and modern forms of armour, and ‘Externalize’, individual capsule collections developed through observational drawing of a range of personal items.
The first year undergraduates presented a collection of blouses and briefs taking inspiration from findings in ‘Grandma’s Closet’, while the second year students celebrated Yorkshire staging the Grand Depart with a promotional range of garments to celebrate the ‘Tour de France’.
Fresh from Graduate Fashion Week, our latest graduates unveiled their final collections, demonstrating that they are industry-ready and imaginative. Jade Gilderdale presented ‘What on earth’, a tailored menswear collection inspired by vintage and sustainable fabrics. Amal Hassan created a womenswear collection ‘I simply am not there’ inspired by American Psycho - “…there is an idea of a Patrick Bateman, some kind of abstraction, but there is no real me”. In sharp contrast, Sanya Mir created ‘Play’, a childrenswear collection inspired by the interior decoration of a child’s bedroom using contemporary colours. Pompi Chiophrom’s unisex collection ‘Adrenaline, Sweat and Goosebumps’ was based upon the emotion and reaction caused by music, while Tara Murphy’s womenswear collection, ‘That’s what I call 1995’, was influenced by 90’s fashion, music and culture, paying particular attention to the grunge and pop eras. Kyonie Howard presented ‘Perle’, a luxury lingerie collection influenced by oysters and pearls. Saira Manaf’s tailored menswear collection ‘Full Fathom Six’ was inspired by the painter Jackson Pollock and his life and paintings, specifically looking at his 1947 painting Full Fathom Five. Emma Naylor’s collection “13” was based on six superstitions, taking inspiration from the penny, witch, horseshoe, ladder, broken mirror and the evil eye. Lauren Simmons, womenswear collection ‘Life is a Circus’ featured garments adorned with ruffles and bows, taking inspiration from circus culture with a vintage twist. Wendy Mutawu’s ‘Versatile’ drew inspiration from British tailoring history and African heritage, through use of prints and silhouettes. Lucinda Hood’s ‘Pom Pom’ was inspired by the Japanese traditional dress, the Kimono and made with a twist using children’s curtain material. Hameera Sadiq’s collection ‘Do what thou wilt’ was inspired by the devil and his characteristics. Suzanna Salihu’s ‘Minimal’ was a womenswear collection based on minimal Japanese architecture in which laser cut white faux leather and sheer fabrics have been explored to create minimalist detailing and silhouettes.