Graduate Fashion Week 2012: University of Bath Spa

Chloe Jones

Sporty nun, sprang to mind watching Chloe´s ethereal figures float down the runway. Inspired by gothic architecture and stained glass windows the designer successfully married the contrasting floor-length couture gowns with sporty oversized hoodies reminiscent of medieval cloaks. The sombre colour palette -an array of charcoal to light grey hues – was lightened up by rhinestone embellished shoulders. This history laden look was made to feel very 2012 thanks to the great mix of casual cotton and chiffon for the gowns. Chloe Jones design concept certainly won over the judges as she received both Womenswear Award as well as the George Gold Award.

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Rebecca Butterworth

Acid dress up, seemed to be the theme for Rebecca´s enchantingly surreal collection entitled “A SHRINE TO CHILDHOOD”. Canary yellows, neon pink, and white dip dyed in navy, introduced a loud sense of fun to the collection. The bell-shaped gowns reminiscent of Mexican folk dresses were layered with white lace pinafores allowing the bright colours to shine through. This innovative mix of conservative shapes and crazy colours, was underlined by piñatas used as quirky back packs. Dolls heads fastened to garments added to the slightly sombre and unsettling element of the collection. There was no doubt that Rebecca would have done her muse Frida Kahlo proud with this collection.

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Emily Button

“Lustre” was the name for this succinct and very wearable collection. Showcasing both men’s and women’s wear, the focus lay on androgynous black, subtly beautified by occasional rows of black rhinestones or glistening PVC shoulders. According to Emily her aim was to craft outfits to give visual presence to the empowered and strong minded individual. And each outfit was inspired by a different platonic shape. Using see through chiffon for the ankle length skirts topped off with sturdy cotton T-shirts successfully fused the luxury element with staple wardrobe pieces.

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Rebeca Ward

Urban warrior, captured Rebecca’s theme of protecting and being protected seamlessly. Tame Shift dresses received a certain rawness through the occasional application of long stranded leather fringe segments. Sticking to a demure colour palette of black and white brightened up by burgundy, resulted in the birth of the shift dress with a twist. Using several slim panels of short leather fringing reminiscent of post it notes flapping in the wind for the eye catching coat tops of this city chic perfectly.

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Lara Chipping

Laras´collection was screaming “Naughties folklore”. According to the designer “The alternating panels of the patterned and plain fabric used in each outfit highlight the mix of different influences, representing distinctive countries and regions. Using three traditional colours: white, navy, and red conjured up stereotypical connotations of national costumes. Whimsical elephant patterns replaced the traditional polka dot and gave these garments a new lease of life. These comfortable yet eye catching designs should slot into a wide array of fashionistas wardrobes.

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Alana Kayane

Let´s go green! Fusing fashions of two different continents is never an easy feat. Alana however doesn’t only manage to fuse The West and Africa but in the process manages to create her own unique look. Using luscious greens reminiscent of the tasty African Serengeti grass and combining it with white pearlesant cigarette trousers mesh together perfectly. The airy chiffon jumpsuit held in a light green check, would make the perfect summer key piece for any cultured woman.

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Stefanie Hudson

Tangerine coloured mesh dresses showing off swimwear followed by T-shirt dresses with tree prints creates a hybrid Amazonian Surfergirl. Complimenting the water element by adding tree prints is a refreshing concept. This colourful collection features everything a tomboy could want. Slip on a stylish dark blue swimsuit covered in tree branch prints to catch a few waves, to throwing on a oversized T-shirt heading back to mainland and dress up in a mesh and tree print dress for evening Luau. As the fish net is seductively placed to reveal glimpses of the swimwear these outfits replicate a two in one outfit.

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Emily Rickard

Looney for Delaunay. Emily Rickard based her collection on 1920s leisurewear and the work of fabric designer Sonia Delaunay. By taking up the concept of geometrical shapes and bold colours these body conscious jersey dresses achieve a mix of easy wear and statement piece. Red, burgundy, light blue, grey and navy created appealing painting like gowns. Accessorizing the looks with turbans is very reminiscent of the 20s love for anything exotic. This collection brings back a bit of the elusive 20s adventure.

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Rebecca Head

Rounding of the Bath collections was a very interesting design concept. The designer was inspired by Gaucher disease which she herself was diagnosed with 2 years ago. This inspired her to mimic the way the disease affects a select few organs in the body. The shapes and silhouettes had elements of rugby player’s uniform: bulky padded shoulders or oversized bomber jackets contrasted with skin tight leggings. An array of artificial flowers sprouting out of the shoulder-creases added a whole new softer dimension to the bulky cocoon like tops. These bold creations were enhanced with dashing oranges, mixed in with white and splats of blue.

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Words by Anna Jolly

Photography by Andrew Papadopoulos

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