The future of fashion showcased on catwalk

Ruth Peterson | June 14, 2019

14th June 2019

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.

Emerging talents

Among the emerging talents being celebrated was Bekaka D Franck. Iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo inspired hus collection.

“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’s Senorita Kahlo collection

About the designs

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.

A Cup a Tea by Kiran Zaahira

Summer show of Bradford School of Art talent

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.

Zahabu Isabelle Addalla’s design

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.

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