Impressive techniques presented at Bath Spa University
For its first individual show at Graduate Fashion Week, Bath Spa University displayed once more great professionalism. The Fashion Course at Bath Spa focuses on technicality and innovation. This resulted in ten beautifully worked and finished collections for GFW 2015, each with its own style, allowing the public to witness the students’ potency.
Samara Bishopp started the GFW 2015 show with a summer sportswear collection. The composition of beach outfits rested on light fabrics, coloured white, taupe, coral and black. See-through fabrics and short to knee-length bottoms invited us to enjoy the heady summer air. The white bands of fabrics recurring on each garment actually referred to injured bandages, she used harnesses to do so. The designer’s concept revolved around enjoying every part of life, no matter what happens.
All Images by Debbie Martin
Laura Mallows showed a professional patchwork of denim full of skill and charm. The collection presented different ways of manipulating the material. Indeed, the embroideries on the white parts were actually threads from denim, and the edges of the garments were selvages. The rough aspect demonstrated how imperfection could be part of the design.
Kenneth Susaya’s menswear collection also manifested great use of denim. He used stripes and squares of the material and paint to create geometrical motifs on the shirts of his collection. The vertical bands elongated the silhouettes, while the squares accentuated the shoulders. Everything in his designs, from the shoulders to the sporty seams on the shorts underlined a sense of masculinity.
The women’s workwear collection from Deborah Counsell had interesting details. Sophisticated silver embroidery enhanced the clean palette, catching the eye as models passed by. The appearance of seams and rough ends gave a twist to a classic style. It also gave an idea of reversibility, by showing what is usually underneath, suggesting how workwear is not necessarily serious.
Sascha Niesing’s collection evoked a strong Italian influence, recalling a Prada look. Regal colours of gold and royal blue were not the only luxurious elements. A combination of delicate silk and lace supported one another, glowing with class. Although the silhouettes were straight and loose, everything about this collection was elegant and feminine.
Although the silhouettes were straight and loose, everything about this collection was elegant and feminine.
Rebekah March seemed to have been inspired by Alberta Ferretti. Beautiful mermaid like dresses bore a strong metallic design and dazzled the audience. The straight and feminine silhouettes were cocoons of embroidered lace. The designer used metallic and khaki colours, and added stones on the lace and silk velvet. Another precious and delicate collection demonstrated Bath Spa’s talented graduates.
The overall quality of the show is the testimony to each student hard work and the quality of their training and guidance under the course leader, Louise Pickles.