Taking inspiration from her childhood in Vancouver, final year Fashion Design Student Abigail Skrentny is able to create a collection that really shows her understanding of the freedom of childhood.
Interview by Lewis Evans
In her graduate collection, Abi studies the contrast of the ‘prep’ girl against suburban American ‘freedom’ based partly on the story of her father who grew up in suburban Chicago before moving to an English boarding School.
Further inspiration comes from films like The Florida Projectwhich explore the idea of childhood freedom and captures the essence and resilience of being a child. Abi explains that its not childhood she attempting to get across but the idea of not caring about what people think of you and doing ‘it’ anyway. Abi decided to use a minimal colour scheme of rich purple, strong green and a mixed range of pinks, partly, based on childhood pictures of snowsuits.
Abi explained that she’s inspired by real people, she prefers a quiet story compared to an extraordinary story, to some seeming boring but to her really standing out. Abi’s design process includes gathering a huge amount of her research and continuously drawing as she keeps changing and developing her ideas until she designs something that she’s proud of.
I asked Abi “Are you happy with your collection so far?”, she replied with “not yet, I always like to develop and improve my work, it’s the smaller things that I get pleasure from like sewing a perfect seem or figuring how to create something that I found quite difficult. By not being completely satisfied with your work it pushes you to work harder and helps you to overcome challenges”.
Abi’s advice to any other upcoming fashion design student is don’t be afraid of a challenge. By experimenting with different materials and techniques she is able to develop and grow as a designer. By taking her own style and spending some time on strengthening her weaknesses helps her to prepare for a future job within the fashion industry.
On Monday 11 June 2018, Winchester School of Art (WSA) Fashion & Textile Design final year students will present their graduate collections.
The event is a fantastic opportunity to view the work of our emerging talent in a commercial setting alongside members of industry and press.
We are very proud that this event has supported our graduates in their long history of employability, working with companies such as… Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Liberty London, Skinny Dip, Top Shop, H&M, Dazed Digital, Chloé, Peter Jensen, Collection 18, Jenny Packham, Kath Kidston, Cole & Sons, Erdem, i-D magazine, Urban Outfitters, Net-A-Porter and others.
View previous collections on Vogue.co.uk.
For more information contact the programme leader Cecilia Langemar on firstname.lastname@example.org
OSMAN, THE EPONYMOUS LABEL FROM BRITISH BORN DESIGNER OSMAN YOUSEFZADA, MADE ITS DEBUT IN 2008 AT LONDON FASHION WEEK. OSMAN’S UNIQUE ARCHITECTURAL – ELEGANT AESTHETIC AND STRONG, SCULPTURAL DESIGNS BOTH FLATTER AND CELEBRATE THE WOMAN’S BODY, QUALITIES WHICH HAVE ESTABLISHED THE DESIGNER AS ONE OF LONDON’S MOST EXCITING TALENTS.
To assist the whole team in general studio work, working closely with pattern cutters, product developers and machinists.
- Should have a high level of pattern knowledge, garment construction, attention to detail, lay planning and take a logical and pro-active approach to problem solving.
- Can work under pressure and deadlines
- Good team worker
- Able to multitask
- Fluent English written and verbally.
- Must still be in education during the 6 month internship i.e. placement year
- Tracing off patterns
- Be able to have knowledge when cutting out fabric and lay planning, being able to make good use of fabric consumption
- Work closely with the pattern cutters, product developers and machinists to ensure clear communication.
- Able to help other departments if needed
- Check patterns are correct before cutting
- General house keeping
- Source fabrics and trims when needed
Minimum 6 months internship, start ASAP and travel expenses paid for. Please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter via the link here
. Only successful applicants will be contacted.