Graduate Fashion Week. “The world’s leading event celebrating the creativity of students and graduates within fashion…Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates”.
I was very happy to attend. Not just because of the many collections, sketchbooks and portfolios on display; but because Verity -close school friend- was graduating in Fashion Design from Kingston University. We’d done Textiles A Level together and I was keen to see her sketchbooks and portfolio in person. (Not to mention the fact I’d barely seen her in the four years since school, turns out all this Design stuff is rather time consuming..) It was worth it.
Drawings from sketchbook
The Edinburgh Show was everything I’d hoped it would be. A diverse range of collections from Space Tourism to Forty Elephants ( a 19th century all female criminal gang…) every collection had a story behind it and each was as intriguing as the next.
All in all I was impressed by the standard of work and obvious level of commitment to the craft. We often fail to appreciate the time and energy that goes in to the whole process; from the design stage, to the manufacturing, marketing, retail and finally getting the product into our wardrobes. (Well not mine, mine is full to capacity; nothing new enters until after brutal clear out). …(Lies. Pure lies. “Hello. My name is Angie, and I am a clothes hoarder…..”)
A brilliant afternoon leaving plenty of food for thought. I look forward to seeing where these designers go from here. Many will no doubt go on to have exciting and prosperous careers. I was glad to witness a part of their journeys; their roads to success, for we know in Fashion, they’ll be anything but short.