Our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design Class of 2021 have been on a very challenging and creative adventure, beginning several years ago and ending during a global pandemic. It's led to an extraordinary variety of collections that illustrate our University's research themes of sustainability and environment, health and well-being, democratic citizenship, and future technologies. 

Among the prominent themes of the showcase are bioplastics that allow garments to return to the earth, crafting to support mental health, and concepts of uncertainty, protest and gender, as well as humankind's relationship with technology and their houses.

Across sportswear, outerwear, art-wear, and formal wear, our students have combined new technologies such as digital pattern cutting, animation and CLO3D with traditional embroidery and garment construction skills, as well as up-cycled and 'grown' materials. 

A new generation of Portsmouth pioneers are ready to transform fashion.

Watch our BA (Hons) Fashion and Textile Design Graduate Show 2021 showreel

Graduate Show 2021.

A video montage, with electronic/chill music, of student fashion garments worn by models in a dark grey photography studio. Clips show various angles and shots of the garments, including fabric, stitchwork, and embroidery. Students' names overlay each set of clips:

  • Madelaine Gillespie
  • Katherine Dace
  • Britney Maria
  • Scarlett MItchell
  • Courtney Hinks
  • Melissa de Beer
  • Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru
  • Tara Carabin
  • Amy Hunt
  • Madelena Nunez Ferreira
  • Ashley Bassett
  • Katie McKay
  • Jessica Bruce
  • Julie Holm
  • Rita Rodrigues
  • Ellie Ball

Rolling credits:

University of Portsmouth presents BA (Hons) Fashion & Textile Design 2021

In association with Sebastian Professional.

University of Portsmouth designers in order of appearance

Madelaine Gillespie - @maddycait_ 
Katherine Dace - @dace_designs_
Britney Maria - @britneymariadesign
Scarlett MItchell - @scarlettmitchell_design
Courtney Hinks - @courtney.hinksdesignssft
Melissa de Beer - @melissadebeer_design
Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru - @theflavianis
Tara Carabin - @tlc.design
Amy Hunt - @amyhunt_designs
Madelena Nunez Ferreira - @madalenangfdesigns
Ashley Bassett - @sookhaidesign
Katie McKay - @bykatiemckay 
Jessica Bruce - @jessbrucedesigns 
Julie Holm - @julieholmdesigns 
Rita Ferreira Rodrigues - @keepingupwithan.artist 
Ellie Ball - @ellieballdesign


Bliss - @blisskellyy 
Chizoba - @chizoba_emmanuel_ 
Ellie Dell Monte - @elliedelmonte 
Lucy Evans - @lucyzoeevans 
Lawrence Freeman - @L4Wfree 
Model agency @milkmodelmanagment 

Make-up artists

Rois Bretnall - @roisbrentnallmom 
Olivia Smith - @oliviasmithartistry 
Roksana Swiderska - @mua.rox

Sebastian Professional artists

Dom Cape - @domcapel 
Rich Windle - @palefountain

Sebastian Professional Cult Team 2021 -

Luigi Almonte - @luigi_monte 
Stephanie Clare - @stephgallagherhair 
Samantha March - @sammarchhair 
Sam Millard - @sammy_m84 
Gemma Noon - gema_noon_stylist

Film & Photography

George Howard Rees-Jones - @georgehowardcreative 
Reece Straw - @reecestraw_filmmaker 
Underhill Creative - @underhillcreative 
Tom Buller - @tombullerphotography 
Liberty Abdey - @libertyabdey

Shot at Wella World Studio London


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Amy Hunt

Amy Hunt's fashion design

Amy Hunt @amyhunt_designs

A gender neutral seasonless collection raises awareness about heart failure in youth,
using upcycled fire service uniforms.

Coming from the heart

I wanted to create a body of work that raised awareness of heart failure in youth and adolescence. I chose to upcycle fire service uniforms in a sustainable approach that reinforced conceptual ideas. 

Inspired by samurai armour for form and silhouette, the uniforms reflected this idea of modern-day armour. These qualities underline my context of health and wellbeing. The fire service uniform and samurai armoury symbolises bravery and protection, attributes of young people fighting illness and heart failure. I wanted every part of my design to indicate these ideas. 

I used mixed media such as screen printing, embroidery and laser cutting to show organic shape motifs which are in strong contrast to the utilitarian aesthetic of the uniform. Organic swirling prints, embroideries and complex pattern cutting are reminiscent of something trying to engulf the body as it fights it off. I used donated fire service uniforms for a large proportion of the collection. I wanted to explore sustainability and upcycling in my collection. 

Fire service uniforms are garments that cannot be used again as they can no longer withstand heat and will end up as fabric waste. Reusing these donated materials provided creative challenges when designing and pattern cutting. I designed by splitting my garments into sections which allowed me to arrange textures and textile ideas that I would not have done without these restrictions. 

Core to my collection is health and wellbeing and a desire to raise awareness in youth and adolescents about these topics. This seasonless collection is for unisex youth wear and is highly versatile through layering and detachable and adjustable elements. Detailing comes from surgical tubing and the stitching draws medical procedures into the collection.

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Concept board


Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru

Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru Photoshop redacted design
Fashion Concept Board
Fashion Design concept by Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru

Flavius-Alexandru Sincaru


A futuristic thought experiment, depicting through minimal waste silhouettes and innovative textiles the potential of the post-Covid human in a utopian reality.
This collection is a thought experiment depicting the human connection between nature & technology.
After an impactful global event that forced people to lock themselves indoors and be surrounded only by their digital devices, it started the next step in human evolution in reshaping the world. People started venerating the valuable natural environment and also understood the importance of technological advancement for the preservation and evolution of the species.

The HOMO UTOPIAN, the successor to the homo-sapiens, views handcraft and digital creations as equals, striving for symbiosis between the two. While they live in a world where their resources are limited, this advanced human learned from the past, realising the importance of preventing waste and overproduction.

By using hand weaving, silicone molding and 3D print, I created a minimal waste collection. For my concept it was crucial I used both conventional and unconventional materials. The outerwear is made of silicone, which is hand marbled, serving as a protective layer against the outside world and any contamination. Some of the fabrics are handwoven with Tencel yarn, featuring a hand-painted warp print. The copper metal, referencing conductive wires and circuit boards, is found in hand-twisted metal embellishments, fastenings and rivets that join the silicone.

Magnets sewn inside the clothes and cured into the silicone are a futuristic way of securing garments, replacing traditional buttons. Across the collection, there is a dynamic range of textile surfaces: lustrous silicone, textural woven or knitted fabrics and smooth, fluid Tencel twill, which harmonize in their contrasting differences. All these components come together in an algorithmic formula of zero-waste patterns to create visio


neon fashion graduate's work

Melissa de Beer


A Sustainable collection inspired by the twilight zone. It focuses on using different textiles to express aspects depending on the lighting and communicate a message.
My inspiration comes from the sea's twilight zone and the use of bioluminescence for communication. Long inspired by the natural world, and organic elements that I can physically interact with, the ocean is an unending source of interesting shapes and colours for me. Seeing the oceanic lifeforms suffering due to plastic pollution is an aspect I wanted to address within my collection. 

I was drawn to the unusual life deep down in the Twilight Zone that glows to communicate. To emulate the bioluminescence of fish, I developed a way to make bioplastic glow and trialled different sustainable materials to create bolder colours and stronger glowing effects. 

Due to the global pandemic, I found myself much like the rest of the world, relying on digital communication for social connection and communication. Employing morse code dots and dashes and the idea of bioluminescence, I created a UV-dynamic print to communicate the issues of the climate crisis. 

Late 90s/early 2000s rave wear was the inspiration to design layered rave wear to appeal to a youthwear market. By creating my own bioplastic and using deadstock materials I was able to explore sustainability in a way where materials, to a certain extent, dictated the outcome. 

I've used panelling and patchworking to be able to get full use out of the donated materials, which resulted in garments that did not initially follow my original plan. However this provided a more interesting and exciting outfit. I explored prints by using a full range of colours and layering of different light effects to maximise the glowing and UV aspects, which would enable the garments to be fully dynamic depending on their environment.


Madelaine Gillespie

embroidery design
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Madelaine Gillespie 


Sustainability is key to this collection which comments on the fact that women have been pushed back into different roles in the household during lockdown.

Floral Distraction

I was inspired by the flowers growing in my garden during the first lockdown. Using sustainable fabrics, I explored the concept of women's domestic marginalisation during lockdown by taking silhouettes, digitally printed fabrics, the colours and textures through into beaded textiles. 

This collection comments on the change in household roles that women have had to take up since lockdown. Along with the fact the world has turned into an uncertain place for many, these have created a daunting, claustrophobic and stressful domestic environment, causing many to suffer from mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. 

The basis for my concept is the fact that many have taken up hobbies such as gardening, crocheting and embroidery as a distraction from a life locked inside. Crochet, embroidery, quilting and beading were used to reference the types of hobbies women took up to distract them and to relieve stress and anxiety. 

The enormous silhouettes create a sense of claustrophobia and the idea of being trapped. The collection uses a combination of workwear fabrics and details inspired by gardening juxtaposed with light delicate floral prints and beading. My garments combine workwear trends, juxtaposing them to feminine details like floral digitally printed fabrics and beaded embellishments. 

My textiles are central to my garments. They combine techniques that reflect my concept, interest and skill in textile design, and surface decoration. The materials are sustainable such as sourced second-hand buttons, organic cotton, linen and bamboo wadding which have been used for the floral quilting on the outwear. Denim and topstitching have been used to express workwear references. 


Tennis fashion for women

Jess Bruce


A body positive sportswear collection inspired by tennis in the 1920s. The contoured, colourful and powerful prints and silhouettes highlight the inequalities in sport today.

Game, Set and Match 

I was inspired by the influence that sport and exercise have in my family’s life, specifically my Grandma's love for tennis. Paying homage to women who marked change within the sport, I also wanted to show the inequalities that still exist in the sport today. 

The 1920’s was a period of time when women's sportswear changed from restrictive to functional wear, this change has inspired the collection's silhouettes and detailing. I wanted to highlight the inequalities still existing in the world of sport today, therefore, manipulating a space to evoke conversation about the gender divide.

The graphic prints are inspired by classic Art Deco designs blended with feminist symbols. The playful colour palette brings forward the idea that women can be feminine at the same time as being serious, strong and powerful athletes. 

Garments have been sculpted to highlight the contours of the body creating this body-positive collection of functional sportswear. Sportswear detailing has been used throughout this collection. Stretch lycra is the main fabric throughout with design features in contrasting colours, aesthetically representing restriction, whilst allowing the garments to be more functional.  

Engineered digital prints and block colours on pleats, create a change in appearance as the garments move. Border prints have been used to highlight tiered layers. Functional pockets are designed to best aid the flow of a game of tennis. Printed mesh and sheer fabrics create the distorted view of the garments below to signify that although the world of sport has changed there is still not full transparency or equality. Stretch binding has been used to allow negative spaces within the collection to be created. Cord and toggles have been used to allow change within garments so they are able to be adapted to manipulate space.

Sport fashion design concept
Sport fashion layout
Sport fashion windbreaker design

Explore students' fashion films

Watch Katie McKay's 2021 fashion film

Katie McKay's 2021 fashion film

Katie McKay's fashion film- 'Put to Work," is set to music and features a model showing the latest style of clothing.


Watch Madelaine Gillespie's 2021 fashion film

Madelaine Gillespie's 2021 fashion film

Madelaine Gillespie's fashion film- ' Floral Distraction' is set to music and features a model showing the latest style of clothing.

Watch Ellie Ball's 2021 fashion film

Ellie Ball's 2021 fashion film.

Ellie Ball's fashion film - 'Armed Femininity', set to music and showing a model posing in the grounds of a castle.

Watch Rita Rodrigues' 2021 fashion film

Rita Rodrigues's 2021 fashion film

Rita Rodrigues's fashion film - 'Enough', set to music and showing a model posing in a series of industrial and urban locations. No dialogue.

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