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Graduate 2020 Showcase

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Our Fashion and Textile Design students are now ready to make their mark on the fashion world. They’ve explored their individuality as designers and developed their craft using the latest technologies. Our Fashion and Textile Design degree enables students to establish a career as successful designers for the fashion and textile industry and respect the values of sustainable and ethical design principles. 

Rebecca Powell won Graduate of the Year 2020 in Drapers’ Sustainable Fashion Awards. And Scarlett Gapp’s sustainable fashion designs were shortlisted for the Lotto Sport Award in the International Talent Support (ITS) competition, which celebrates and promotes emerging designers.

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Watch Charlotte Allen's 2020 fashion film
Shaggy Spills

Shaggy Spills is a vibrant collection inspired by the colours and impact the oil industry has on the environment. Although the colours within oil spills are lovely to see, the impact it has on the environment ruins its beauty. Spreading throughout the ocean and covering sea life, restricting their movement.

This collection uses the colours from oil spills to influence the shape and restrictiveness of the garments. Drawing inspiration from the 1960s to 2000s, it looks back at festival fashion through the years and brings it back to life with this updated, multi-functional festival collection. Focusing on the oil industry’s effect on wildlife, it includes restrictive fabrics to create the feel of being restricted by oil, while blue fennel and candy red cork create limited movement. The stiff cork material is contrasted with the oil-inspired digital print. The contrasting soft and stiff materials further represent the context of the collection; the stretch garments represent the wildlife’s skin and the cork representing oil.

It is a collection that appreciates the beauty of oil spills but acknowledges the damage, through fabric and textiles.

Watch Katie Headcock's 2020 Fashion Film
Creatures Within

Captured from the sea and into the hands of man.  My collection explores the effects of fishing, a man-made leisure that continues to destroy the sea and its inhabitants.

Initially, I focussed on creating awareness of overfishing and the detrimental impact of fishing gear remaining in the sea. However, during the design I decided on the idea of captivity to represent the effects of fishing on sea life and its inhumane mass-commercialisation, using restrictive materials and silhouettes and a masked bodysuit to eradicate personal identity.

This rebellious, conceptual collection comprises unisex garments and techniques such as extreme ruching and smocking to denote captivity. Masculine silhouettes feature throughout, with oversized and boxy style trousers, tops and jackets similar to a fisherman's traditional attire – but with the hemp rope on all garments, the silhouette and shape can be altered by the wearer to suit their gender, personal style and body shape.

Earthy tones, inspired by seaweed and shells washing up on shore, feature in my collection by cool moss greens, stone beige and wood brown tones, contrasted by rich navy in both fabrics and textiles, to emphasise gender neutrality.

Watch Lucas Cross' 2020 fashion film
Fresh West

Fresh West is a collection inspired by the natural beauty of Freshwater West, Pembroke, and the plastic pollution that threatens it. Drawing inspiration from the 1980s New Romantics, this collection looks back in time to draw from traditional tailoring techniques to create a plastic-free collection. Focusing on the impact of the collection from cradle to grave, it boasts elements of organic fabric, reclaimed fibres, and recycled garments. All of it is biodegradable and won’t damage this planet for years to come. This sustainable, natural element is contrasted with plastic pollution taken from the beach, Freshwater West.

This juxtaposition, highlighting the damage and danger that these objects pose to natural life, is used to create details such as hand embroidery with fishing wire, buttons made from plastic waste and knotted fishing ropes. Utilising a lot of constructed textiles, such as crocheting with reclaimed t-shirt material, natural dyed hyperbolic crochet and free embroidering organic denim, this collection draws inspiration from the changing shapes of the beach.

Freshwater West is a place that means a great deal to me, having watched it being slowly destroyed as the years go by. Nature is a gift and we are destroying it. There should be respect for something so powerful.

Watch Mariah Keen's 2020 fashion film
Panic Attack Over

This collection highlights mental health and wellbeing, focusing especially on anxiety and panic attacks. It has a range of different textures inspired by arts and crafts, like hand embroidery and needle felting, as well as different inks and layered textiles; it creates a unique and bold style. Graphic print and embroideries add depth, details and texture throughout.

The collection is created to ground someone if they are having a panic attack. The silhouettes are oversized and flowy, with all garments being sleeveless to convey freedom and unrestraint. The wearer can feel different textures from head to toe. There are bright colours in tulip-shaped screen-prints, with pink ones representing caring, red love and blue tranquillity and peace. The bright flicks of colour in the needle felting are taken from a bright blue sky and a sky at dusk using happy blues along with golden oranges of a sunrise.

Panic Attack Over depicts togetherness and community as puff binder ‘finger prints’, done by strangers, who have pressed their fingerprint onto the fabric show that people suffering with anxiety are not alone. It has also been calming for the maker to produce, using all of the techniques to calm her down and using personal experience with panic attacks to make sure the wearer is comforted and prepared if a panic attack was to occur.

Watch Molly Huntington's 2020 fashion film
Bee the Change

Bee The Change focuses on the decline of bees and how their travels to collect pollen – to pollinate many nutritious plants and foods – are becoming longer and more strenuous. 

I created an environmentally friendly fabric that, when at landfill, will biodegrade to expose glucose, plants, seeds and beeswax that attract bees and enable them to land on the fabric, collect glucose and travel further. Bioplastic is completely home-brewed and can be coloured, boiled and re-sculpted. Foxglove seeds, beeswax and bee feed are added to the bioplastic in this collection. The fabric mimics bees skin and the bubbly appearance of honey when boiled; the bubbles stay once it has set, allowing it to have a very distinctive texture. 

This collection is inspired by bees and their essence to the environment by being the most productive pollinator of all insects. The wearer is satisfied knowing the collection will grow with the environment after its product life. Other fabrics such as bamboo jersey, hemp satin silk, hand-woven hemp, upcycled tweed and organic velour are used to shape and sculpt the collection. All fabrics are hand-dyed using natural ingredients to create nudes and yellows through to coppers and golds. Oversized eyelets and large laces are used to tie the collection together with small details in each outfit. 

With styling of beekeepers' protective garments, Bee The Change is completely sustainable, the outfits are multifunctioning and through imitating the use of overalls, gloves and hoods, the wearer gains the ability to protect the bees whilst protecting themselves. 

Watch Sophie O'Donovan's 2020 fashion film

Purple, derived from the colour of International Women’s Day, is a collection containing designs for an active woman, conscious of the environment. Taking inspiration from the functionality and comfort of activewear, this collection combines a sports aesthetic with strong sustainable elements.

A multi-tonal purple colour palette is broken up with hints of bronze metallics and cool neutrals to resemble the natural elements and consideration for the environment. Careful creation of bioplastic materials created from raw ingredients into functional materials that have been turned into hyper-feminine yet utilitarian pieces. 

The collection uses upcycled wetsuits to create a modern feminine silhouette with additional elements of printed zip pulls and 3D printed buckles from upcycled materials. The abstract print features across the collection are developed from a detail of the surface of bioplastic reworked into a motif.

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