Dezeen’s Top Four Collections From This Year’s Westminster Fashion Design Graduates

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Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcombe

Tailoring influenced by Scandinavian furniture and colours plucked from 1960s supermarket packaging featured among the collections at the 2015 University of Westminster graduate fashion display. Dezeen’s Dan Howarth selects his 4 favourites from the catwalk.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcombe Matthew Witcombe

This year’s crop of graduates from the BA Trend Design course at London’s University of Westminster showcased their ultimate menswear and womenswear collections at the campus in Marylebone earlier this week.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Charlotte Scott Charlotte Scott

Daring major colours were a recurring function on this year’s runway – a response to a “bland and dull” couple of seasons in style, according to program director Andrew Groves.


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Groves stated that it was not evident how vibrant the blend of collections would be till watching the display.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Kate Brittain Kate Brittain

“It didn’t seem so noticeable in the studio in excess of the last couple of months, but seeing it on the runway you get a sense of renewed reinvigoration that its use brings to their collections,” he informed Dezeen. “I believe it’s a reaction to a couple of seasons exactly where style in general has been quite bland and boring.”

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Chloe McGeehan Chloe McGeehan

Numerous of the college students experimented with strategies that led to collaged results on garments. “There was a good deal of transformation of cloth by way of embellishment, slicing, painting and print,” explained Groves. “That said, most of the use of print was knowingly primitive, primarily utilizing open screens or placed by hand.”

Right here are our leading four picks from the 2015 display:


Matthew Witcombe

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcomb

Matthew Witcombe cites Flemish paintings and Braun’s vacuum-formed goods by Dieter Rams as influences for his assortment, developed utilizing a “no sew” strategy that involved gluing decorative 3D factors amongst matt rubberised nylon layers with a heat press.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcombe

“Instead of decorating garments in a traditional way, as seen inside Flemish and historical clothing, I bonded laser-lower foam lace and ruffles inside of the layers of material to develop a subtle impression of classic decoration,” he advised Dezeen.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcombe

The exaggerated rectangular and angled apparel is executed in a colour palette based mostly on supermarket packaging, with shades of blue, yellow and pink that Witcombe describes as “garish and brave”.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Matt Witcombe

“I chose the colour palette as I adore the uncompromising and jarring colour combine within the Sainsbury’s merchandise packaging throughout the 1960s and 1970s,” he said. “I love the oddness of them.”


Charlotte Scott

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Charlotte Scott

Influenced by Constructivist Russian artists which includes El Lissitsky, Alexander Rodchenko and Vladimir Tatlin, Charlotte Scott formed her menswear collection from abstract shapes of materials in a variety of weights and colours.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Charlotte Scott

“Searching at Lissitsky’s Proun paintings I was interested in his use of 3D shapes and cubes, so I experimented with stripes and shadow to develop the illusion of the shapes appearing 3D nevertheless in fact getting totally flat pieces,” she advised Dezeen.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Charlotte Scott

Aiming to generate a utilitarian look with workwear supplies such as denim and twill, Scott utilized paler hues than her colleagues and mixed them with grey stripes across the assortment of collared jackets and trousers.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Charlotte Scott

“I chose to use muted-down principal colors because these are the colors that are frequently utilized in the graphic design work of Rodchenko, and several other artists during this time,” mentioned Scott. “I wanted the collection to be playful but becoming mindful for it not to appear childish.”


Kate Brittain

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Kate Brittain

Kate Brittain was also influenced by an artist – this time the cutouts of Henri Mattisse.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Kate Brittain

“At first I was drawn to the colour palette but it created into a story of Mattisse dressing his muse,” mentioned Brittain, who based mostly her total collection’s colours and shapes on the French artist’s 1947 function White Alga on Orange and Red Background.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Kate Brittain

Brittain specialises in knit and crochet, and utilised up to eight strands of wool yarn at a time to produce thick oversized trims for her leather dresses and a roll neck for a sweater. In excess of three kilograms of yarn have been utilized in some of the garments.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Kate Brittain

“I sampled so a lot of different tactics – for instance machine, hand and digital knit – but crochet gave me the capability to be a lot more sporadic and free of charge with shapes and colour,” she stated. “I just worked with the form of the leather so the crochet was never predictable some locations had large wealths of volume and bodyweight while other individuals had been considerably finer.”


Chloe McGeehan

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Chloe McGeehan

The curved types of furniture by mid-century Scandinavian designers Arne Jacobsen and Eero Saarinen provided the commencing point for Chloe McGeehan, who created a variety of layered dresses and coats.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Chloe McGeehan

Materials including Scuba jersey had been utilised to create weighted lapels and lower-away panels that moved as the models walked, revealing further coloured layers beneath.

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Chloe McGeehan

“Scuba jersey is ideal for the draped dresses as it provides a really fluid drape and smooth curves when minimize,” McGeehan informed Dezeen. “Double-faced material was utilised for the coats so when strolling down the runway another colour would be exposed on the underside.”

Westminster BA Fashion Design show 2015 Chloe McGeehan

The colour pictures of architectural photographer Julius Shulman, who shot the work of designers like Pierre Koenig and Charles and Ray Eames, offered the brilliant palette. “The daring contrasting colours also help to accentuate the diverse layers of building,” stated the designer.

Photography is by Simon Armstrong.

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