Graduate knitwear designer Victoria Jones has been showcased as part of Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’ feature. NJAL selects designers they feel are “especially innovative, pioneering and striking in their work.”
Her final womenswear collection Psychedelic Furs is focused around the question of ‘What is bad taste?’ Directed around 1970s playful interiors, the seventies is often described as the decade taste forgot. Victoria plays on the idea of ugliness and how individuals perceive it. William Eggleston, Larry Sultan and Stephen Shore are among the American photographers she took inspiration from as well as old home interior design books by Terrance Conrad.
From the imagery she has drawn on colour, texture and pattern and directed them into knits, using mohair and furry yarn to create interesting knitwear evocative of shag pile rugs and contrasting checks. Dying her own yarn and fabric has enabled her to create a vibrant contemporary colour palette that is balanced across the collection.
Tongtong Wang has recently completed the Printed Textiles pathway at WSA after joining us in Year 2 from Dalian, China. Her final collection has been much admired for it’s fun prints for Interiors. At the Degree Show she was awarded the Nancy Balfour Award for excellence.
Her collection focussed on “how to enjoy life and make ourselves better”, emphasising on sports and leisure activities and healthy eating. Her collection was intended to be amusing utilising her illustrative style combined with her fun abstract patterns. She was greatly influenced by the work of two photographers Muriel Bordier and Dean Bradshaw.
Tongtong hopes for a future career designing for interiors, utilising all she has learnt at WSA. Her work will be at New Designers next week alongside 15 other selected graduates from Textile Design.
Current Fashion Design graduate Christine Xu has been featured in Not Just A Label’s ‘Black Sheep’ feature, focussing on ‘the designers revolutionising the industry and forging their own path’.
Christine has just completed her final year at WSA producing Menswear Collection ‘Back to Future’, a futuristic, hybrid collection of tailored sportswear using Kraftwerk as her muse. Techno music energised the whole collection, inspiring her fabric combinations, digital prints and silhouettes.
Christine is starting the Menswear MA at University of Westminster this September. She also won the WSA Fashion Direction Award at the London Press show.
Christine intends to improve her own design style in fabric combination, pattern cutting and garment silhouettes on the two year MA course. “My focus and great passion is in using technical and modern materials in order to manipulate the fabric and combine it with high quality tailoring. I feel I have a point of view and a distinctive vision for mixing sportswear and traditional tailoring.” After postgraduate study Christine hopes to realise her dream of directing her own Menswear designer brand.
Recent graduate, Annabelle Jennings work is featured on the Arts Thread blog as part of their print report at New Designers. Annabelle was showcasing her Printed Textile Collection inspired by women’s roles during the First and Second World Wars.