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Young designers step up to the fore

As Graduate Fashion Week kicks off there is no better time to celebrate the up and coming design talent the UK has to offer.

Last week I was invited to judge the Chevrolet (as in the car manufacturer) Young Creative Competition, with students from 24 countries and over 250 schools, colleges and universities competing in creating designs under differing briefs for Fashion, Photography, Video and Visual Arts.

The fashion brief was to design an outfit for “the road trip of your dreams” with students dreaming up an abundance of designs, from Lady Gaga inspired leather shorts with fishnets to a futuristic lilac mini dress complete with silver peplum detailing in the style of a car grill.

One young designer had used the Chevrolet logo repeatedly to create a pattern for the lining of a jacket, which was paired with dungarees that could transform into shorts from full length trousers. Other designers had played on the Route 66 theme of a road trip with 50s inspired crop tops, high waisted skirts and head scarves. Whereas others had reflected the contours of a car with tulip shaped skirts and structured shoulders.

I was impressed not only by the bountiful talent of the young designers but also by their creativity and ability to convert the brief into a clothing creation.

With young designers able to produce such creative wares I can’t wait to see what Graduate Fashion Week holds as the next generation of British designers showcase their creative talents for all to see.

Victoria Gallagher, News Reporter, Drapers
victoria.gallagher@emap.com

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