Monday, 16 June 2014

Foundation Degree Show at Newcastle College

It's that time of year again where students who have been slaving away for the past couple of years get the chance to showcase their best work yet, showing their newest designs to the public and potential buyers and employers. Recently we attended Newcastle College to see what the Foundation Degree graduates had to offer, which ranged from fine art to fashion, and traditional textiles to technology. Here are our picks of the fashion and textiles peeps...

Rana Amer

Rana Amer created a striking maxi dress for the degree show, taking a staple garment and giving it a modern industrial twist with a contrast waxed yoke and parallel pointed stitching around the neck band. The final look is fierce yet elegant, and we reckon if Catwoman ever needed an outfit change, this would be her go-to dress.

Franchesca Bell

Fashion graduate Francesca Bell also took the clean lines approach, showcasing her minimalist outfit which featured flowing but structured silhouettes, toughened up with contrasting masculine shades. We love the attention to detail shown in the horizontal purple piping on her futuristic cape, which brings the whole look together.

Elizabeth Browell

Elizabeth Browell's fashion collection was unashamedly feminine with complimentary spring hues and gorgeous lace. The detailing on the garments was delicate and selective, the solid base colours showcasing the soft laces and prints perfectly without distraction. We can happily imagine ourselves wearing these at a fancy garden party with sandals and   fascinators, champagne and strawberries...

Chantal Newbold

Textile graduate Chantal's fashion fabrics are an explosion of tropical technological eye-catchers. Her multi-layered motifs mirrored with some clever Photoshop skills thrown in create some truly striking works, and we love how she has made some into beach-to-club tunics, perfect for that Ibiza holiday!

Kirsty Butcher

Kirsty Butcher, a textiles graduate who has specialised in interior design, has created a range of nature-inspired wallpapers and cushions with dusky purple neutral shades. Her strong illustration skills really shine through to create a tranquil, sophisticated collection, which is the main focus of her designs.

Ashleigh Brown

Ashleigh Brown presented a delicate yet vibrant jewellery collection inspired by nature, fusing together poetic illustration and sherbet rainbow highlights. We love how she has enhanced her lush drawings with various textures such as crochet, hand-embroidery and cut-work without overpowering them, and the bright crochet circles would make beautiful frames!



We wish all of these newly graduating designers and all those who took part in the exhibition the best of luck for the future!!


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