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GFW 25: UCA Rochester

Emerging Designers Fashion Fashion Design Graduate Fashion Week

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester - Erebus

The graduates from UCA Rochester took inspiration from their lives, their backgrounds and stories of socioeconomic and cultural diversity for their collections. We believe fashion can tell a story and that's exactly what these graduates did.

Phoebe Button

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Phoebe Button - Erebus

Phoebe's collection was a playful, feminine take on masculine styling with the added touch of interest added by the lime green accents. She used blobs of blue latex to hold together the soft wools and satins.

Kirstie Faulkner

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Kirstie Faulkner - Erebus

Kirstie's collection was used bold coloured prints to accentuate her basic urban shapes.

Maria Arroyo Bacete

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Maria Arroyo Bacete - Erebus

Maria's collection explores how clothing defined different identities, taking iconic elements from different social groups and mashing them together.

Rachel Brown

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Rachel Brown - Erebus

Rachel Brown's all white and off-white collection was stunning in it's simplicity. According to Rachel, this was inspired by the controlling hold of "dictatorship over all of us" and the emptiness of modernity.

Charlotte Goodayle

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Charlotte Goodayle - Erebus

Charlotte found inspiration in the often overlooked objects washed up on the river beds and how their journey has given them a new shape. Even the black jacket was made from knit bin liners.

Siane Natt

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Siane Natt - Erebus

The bold prints and futuristic styling of Siane's collection was amazing. She took her inspiration from the futuristic urban world where there are no constraints or conventional boundaries.

Tessa Johnson

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Tessa Johnson - Erebus

The hidden details were what made this collection special. The seemingly simple shapes were accentuated by silver lining details.

Shradha Rai

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Shradha Rai - Erebus

Even though something fell off one of the pieces, there was something stunning about this collection. It was inspired Shradha's growing up in Kathmandu and the experience of the massive earthquake which hit the capital in 2015.

Ryan Harford-Rothwell

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Ryan Harford-Rothwell - Erebus

Ryan describes his collection as an amalgamation of his Welsh heritage and the traditional dress of the women of the Snowdon mountains with the glitzy fur-clad aesthetic of Studio 54.

Ami Gallagher

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Ami Gallagher - Erebus

Ami's collection was a blown-up version of the clothes worn by infants. She wanted to produce a collection where the garments were aesthetically interesting yet casual and fun.

Aston Drew

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Aston Drew - Erebus

Aston's technical sportswear collection was inspired by the Femme Fatale; young, rogue and hypermodern.

Charlotte Norton

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Charlotte Norton - Erebus

Each piece from Charlotte's collection was inspired by a different owl. 

Amber Mason

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Amber Mason - Erebus

Rebellious youth and vandalism, youth against conformity were the inspiration for this collection. 

Olivia Skelcher

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Olivia Skelcher - Erebus

The bright primary colours were a standout in this show. Olivia took inspiration for the collection from the Majorelle Gardens so coveted by Yves Saint Laurent in Marrakech.

Aissata Ibrahima

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Aissata Ibrahima - Erebus

Aissata perfectly described her collection as a subtly "his and hers deconstruction" draping silks against structured fabrics.

Kira-Jayden Matthews

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Kira-Jayden Matthews - Erebus

Kira-Jayden's collection played heavily on themes of gender fluidity and femininity within a contemporary masculine silhouette. She was inspired by the photography of Guillaume Herbaut, who captured portraits of distorted youth in Albania.

Lily Dudley

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Lily Dudley - Erebus

Architectural structures were the basis for the shapes of her garments with the flora of the town of her family in Cornwall adorning each piece. She used innovative methods in her construction, such as bonded and fused reconstructed fabrics and techniques such as printing foil, hand distressing, defore, puff binder and rust oxidisation.

Reece King

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Reece King - Erebus

Black and red is always a stunning combination. And the structures and silhouettes of this collection was amazing. Reece used traditional tailoring, creative patter cutting and couture hand finishing to set this collection apart.

Melodi Isapoor

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Melodi Isapoor - Erebus

This conceptual womenswear collection used deconstruction as a narrative of the beauty of imperfection. 

Billie Jacobina

Graduate Fashion Week 2016 UCA Rochester Billie Jacobina - Erebus

There was a dog in the audience for this show and he showed his approval for the collection with a few barks as the models were coming down the runway. Billie interpreted her vision of futuristic fashion by fusing Moroccan patterns with sea life.



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