Graduate fashion week: Epsom BA graduate show

Racing fans link Epsom with the Derby. But at the weekend, there was another reason, apart from the legendary 1 mile, 4 furlong, 10 yard race, to cheer.

Epsom’s University College of the Arts fielded a 21-strong team of final-year BA students at Graduate Fashion Week. And this was far from being a one-horse race.

The show was a dance through the decades, featuring every inspiration from Marlene Dietrich-look, WW2 tailoring to PVC and gingham dresses accessorized with twinkling LED goggles and ‘brother-creeper’ lace-up shoes, and futuristic A-line shifts with ‘circuit-board’ decoration.

Katie Barret’s vigorous menswear, emphasized pleated kilt and hairy knits, with a bare-chested ‘Braveheart’ wearing his long kilt over red trousers. Kirsty Draper used strategically-placed circular, garter-style drawstrings to create unusual volume and silhouette in her primary-coloured collection. Alice Halliday used the strains of ‘Ave Maria’ to set the scene for her monastic robes, and nun-like capes over crystal-embellished dresses. But we could have done without the facial restraints.

Graduate Fashion Week, sponsored by River Island, the largest student event of its type in the world, continues today (Monday, June 7th), with shows by Ravensbourne, Kingston, Birmingham & Salisbury, Northbrook & Salford, UCA Rochester, and the first-ever international catwalk show featuring collections by students from universities and art colleges in St Petersberg, Singapore, Basle, Munich, and Amsterdam.

via Graduate fashion week: Epsom BA graduate show – Telegraph.


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