Award-Winning Students Show Designs in London

Somerset College renowned for its award-winning stable of Arts and Design students, went urban at Free Range, the Graduate Fashion Show which took place in Brick Lane, London on 4 June.

Boasting two out of four finalists in last year’s Euro Skills UK competition, the College showed all their final year students’ designs for London’s media and public to see. 

‘We promote individuality in our students and give them a sense of permission,’ Gary Mills, Lecturer BA (Hons) Design Fashion, said. ‘That’s why this end of year show for us is a culmination of fine couture, tailoring and outright fetishism.’

The venue itself was an imaginative use of space.  The catwalk platform, seats and student displays were all located in a temporarily emptied car park to add to a sense of excitement and surprise.

Designs on the catwalk were made by students like Hana Schofield who won the WorldSkills UK ’09 Bronze medal and People’s Choice award, hosted at Graduate Fashion Week ’09.  Hana’s work, themed ‘Growth and Decay’ is based on organic architecture and asymmetrical forms. 

Richard Maynes, finalist for both World Skills and Fashion Awareness Direct ’09, Bronze award-winner at UK Skills ’08, and recently appointed judge for the UK Skills ’10 contest, showed his collection as well.  Called ‘The Digital Dark Age’ Richard’s collection is a look into the future.  Richard said:  ‘Somerset College has only ever been encouraging and has not held me back in any way.  In fact, I’ve been pushed to be as creative as possible.’

Somerset College students showed their fashions during Free Range Fashion Week, on 4 June, 4 Block G1, The Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1.

Captions: Some of the stunning student designs being shown on the catwalk at the London Free Range Fashion Week.