Skilled in the craft of creative production
Liverpool John Moore University’s graduate fashion show at GFW 2015 showcased a diverse range of collections. Most of its students create collections with their future in mind. Lecturer Lesley Peacock explained how the university boasts of their students’ willingness to design and produce all of their own pieces, preparing them with a host of skills, ready to take into the fashion industry. Whether it’s focusing on intricate detail, or constructing a unique silhouette, LJMU allows students to channel their individuality through their collections. This was the most present motif in this year’s exhibit.
Second to show, Rachel Tsai’s collection featured pastels and prints on playful silhouettes. She created a number of leg-baring separates, and the occasional frilled dress. A lot was going on within the pieces, with a variety of prints, including what looked like hand drawn hearts and flowers. The ruffles and frills were layered onto the collars of jackets, the side seams of trousers, and even on the hosiery, all adding to the whimsical edge.
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David Vassou’s collection included a clever use of layering. Male sportswear is a style that is very popular, but Vassou’s innovative use of both loose and tight-fitted styles made it stand out from conventional sportswear. He did well to create a tremendous number of pieces, including all in ones, coats, leggings and shorts too. All of the pieces carried the signature navy blue colour scheme, with touches of fluorescent oranges too. The creation of headpieces took Vassou’s work out of the traditional comfort zone of sportswear too. Mesh layering hanging from the front of hats pushed boundaries of conventional style, and added a unique edge to the collection.
Emily Grover and Cherise Belle-Smith were not afraid to take risks, both designing monochrome collections. It paid off, with the two collections showcasing their own unique takes on the all white colour scheme.
Grover pitched menswear, simple in theory, but with a great attention to the detail of the cuts. Short-sleeved shirts, overlaid on longer sleeved shirts, paired with a mix of cropped, mid-length and loose fitted bottoms, finished with tights and slippers. Her pieces also included embossing of text, and a mixture of materials. Belle-Smith focused on sophisticated womenswear with a range of dresses and separates. Her emphasis on textures, exemplified by the use of long tassels, or soft, snow-like fur in each outfit meant that the pieces produced a variety of silhouettes, highlighting diversity within her work.
Sophie Pittom’s intricate use of lace undoubtedly stole the show. She used a rainbow of colours, to create an assortment of slim-fitted dresses. These ranged from floor-length with long sleeves, to strapped and cut above the knee.
Thankfully, Pittom did not fall into the trap of only creating one type of garment. In addition to her beautiful dresses, she experimented with tops and trousers, some pieces were ideal for your everyday high street look; others were more suited for the red carpet. However, when paired with a top, Pittom’s pieces became a powerhouse of material manipulation, demonstrating the benefits of fabric experimentation. Having featured Pittom’s work before, as a finalist of YourView competition, we are very glad to see her succeeding here.
It is clear that Liverpool John Moore’s students are skilled in the craft of creative production, with all of the pieces showcasing a high degree of craftsmanship. The vast variety of colour schemes and shapes also shows just how freely the tutor’s let their students explore. LJMU showed at GFW 2015 a fine array of differential designs.