Fashion students showcase stunning collections

Fashion student Kiran Zaahira's collection on the catwalk

Fashion stars of the future showcased their creations at the Bradford College Graduate Fashion Show.

Students from the BA (Hons) Fashion degree debuted their final collections at the annual catwalk show.

Strutting down the runway were collections inspired by Hasidic Jew culture, the late fashion designer Alexander McQueen and sustainability.

There were also designs produced for a project with French clothing brand The Animal Observatory plus giant cardboard animal heads created by students from the Access to HE Art, Design and Media.

Among the emerging talents being celebrated was Bekaka D Franck whose collection was inspired by iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

“My collection shows the beauty of the strong and powerful woman,” he said.

“Taking the main source of inspiration from Frida Kahlo, I have also added my African roots into all my designs through bright colours and heavy structures to demonstrate the similarity of African and Mexican fashion.”

Bekaka D Franck

Bekaka D Franck's Senorita Kahlo collection

Zahabu Abdalla’s collection, called Calico Mushroom, featured voluminous necklines and earthy tones and textures of the mushroom.

Danish Arshad took inspiration from his late mother for his collection entitled ‘I Don’t Know How I Feel About It’ while Kiran Zaahira’s collection ‘A Cup of Tea’ was based on sketches of people in a café with her garments including free-hand machine embroidery of the faces.

Danish Arshad's collection

Zahabu Isabelle Addalla's design

The Death of the Carrier Bag collection 

The graduate fashion show was part of the wider Summer Show put on by Bradford School of Art which is open to the public on Saturday, June 15, from 10am to 2pm in the college’s Lister Building on Carlton Street, Bradford.

As well as fashion, the show features work from students completing degrees in Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Make-up with Special Effects, Photography, Textiles, Visual Arts plus Creative Media Production.

Also showing off their work are students from the A Level Fine Art course, A Level Photography plus the Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Art and Design and Level 3 Creative Media Production and Technology.

Anyone interested in studying one of the many art and creative courses at Bradford College is encouraged to come along to the next open event on Saturday, July 6, 11am – 2pm.