A selection of Year 2 Knitwear for Fashion student work went on sale in Soboye’s Shoreditch based boutique during London Fashion Week last week and at the Colour Walk exhibition at Old Spitalfields Market, London.
Woven and Knitted textile design students all report having a truly inspirational and engaging experience at Spinexpo, Paris. Presenting their work, networking and supporting the Spinexpo team were just few things the students experienced. Here’s an edited selection of what the student’s thought.
Contributions from Amy Halley, Emily Johnson, Amy Osgood, Amber Davis and Aimee Dye
Spinexpo Paris, known for featuring cutting edge technologies and having the highest technical expertise, was a great way for us to exhibit our work professionally, understand how a show of this scale works and to see how designers work with spinners to showcase yarns and their versatility. It was also an extremely valuable experience to speak to different companies including yarn producers and garment manufacturers. For example, from Wanziman Hong Kong Limited we learnt about an interesting new technology which imitates woven patterns into knitted fabric to create a unique material which has qualities of both knit and weave.
Yarn suppliers also exhibited new technologies, combinations of fibres and innovations including eco-friendly products, tape yarns, metallic textures, woollen yarns and paper qualities; the sheer volume of possibilities was eye opening.
Each stand was exciting and enticing, each seller had many potential buyers viewing their sample racks. It is perhaps easiest to envisage the buyers as children visiting a sweet shop for the first time; completely animated and engrossed in the products.
The Spinexpo team were extremely kind and encouraging to us. They made us feel a part of the family and become involved in every aspect of the show. A most wonderful experience, which has been invaluable.
Don’t miss the Industry Insight Talk tonight in Lecture Theatre A 17.00-18.00
Patrick Ian Hartley specialises in face corset and neckwear design.
“He has designed work commissioned for personalities including Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Noomi Rapace, Elizabeth Banks Georgia May Jagger, Artist Richard Sawdon Smith, Stylists Simon Foxton, Edward Enninful, Jacob K, Jonathan Kaye to name a few. His designs are regularly showcased in leading fashion publications including AnOther Magazine, Vogue Italia/China/Germany/Turkey, V Magazine, W Magazine, Interview, The Hunger and Harpers China.
Patrick’s work has been shot by Iconic fashion photographers including Nick Knight, Rankin, Tim Walker, Steve Klein, Miles Aldridge and Roberto Aguilar. He has exhibited designs at venues including the SHOWstudio Gallery London, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and is collected by the Museum of Arts and Design, New York and The Wellcome Collection London and the Museum of Art Architecture and Design, Oslo.”
Level 2 Knitwear for Fashion students had the opportunity to take part in a Live Project with designers Samson Soboye and Marie Loney to design a garment for London Fashion Week AW18.
Designing a collection around the brief ‘Colour / Pattern Culture Mash-Up‘ students had to present their collection to Samson Soboye and Marie Loney, where selected garments and accessories will be displayed in the SOBOYE London store.
A not to be missed lecture this Thursday… In Dovile’s own words:
“From making innocent crafty jewellery to working for well known London fashion Designer Nasir Mazhar and starting my own business of custom car seats, it has been an eventful journey of creative work and DIY mentality for me.
Seeing my father, who is self taught jeweller and craftsmen running his own business has led me to start career in applied arts, and more specifically – in fashion. Pattern cutting, sewing and making ideas happen has always been by biggest drive.
Nasir Mazhar who is self taught Milliner and Menswear/Womenswear designer has been an amazing introduction to vibrant London fashion world. His DIY ways of designing and limitless imagination has always been complementary to my passion for technicalities and allowed me to challenge and strengthen myself as a pattern cutter, maker and studio manager for 7 years now. Moreover it was great opportunity to be part of such projects as creating pieces for London Olympics 2012, Victoria’s Secret Show in London, Barbie or working with various artists from music industry. Nasir Mazhar has never been just about clothes, we always focus on the whole image and identity, because of that accessories, underwear, headwear and face masks has been a big part of our work which allowed us to be innovative within making and functionality.”
See you on Thursday at 5pm in LTA!