With tonnes of new talent about to make the grade, Graduate Fashion Week has begun! It is THE place to spot new talent and with so many aspiring designers, we’re excited to see what’s gonna take off on the runway. Here’s our fave pic of the bunch and chosen ‘ones to watch’….
Rachael Capper – Manchester Metropolitan University
Rachael’s collection was shown at the FAD catwalk and included cubist, modernist sculptures in the form of bright orange shirts and checkerboard print trousers. She cites her collection as “A beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.”
Joanna Lousie Mandle – Manchester School of Art
Love love love this punky take on Victoriana. She fuses innocent silhouettes of Victorian childrenswear with darker undertones inspired by the early Goth movement. Her designs invoke everything cool about fashion, mixing dark elements with the fun and frivolity of modern day life. Through her designs Mandle invites you to wear her beautiful creations and let them transport you to a whimsical thought or past memory. She says “I think fashion doesn’t always have to be serious and in times of gloominess fashion can create a sense of fun, whether through mood changing colour or oddball style”.
We see fashion running as a continuating cycle of itself all the time, and so Clifton has tapped into that nature for her graduate collection. Jackets are pulled into armholes, trousers swallow trousers and dresses are dragged into themselves. But it’s not just the collection that has won us over, it’s the illustrations we have fallen in love with too.
She says of her collection “My colour palette revolves around a bold clear blue with accents of other bright colours. This choice was influenced by collaging vintage fashion magazines together with coloured paper in an attempt to further consume, re-use and regurgitate fashion. This is a technique that I have continued to use in my illustration.”