Northumberland students at the head of the pack at Graduate Fashion Show

Northumbria University students head to London for the Graduate Fashion Show tonight with two Northumberland students among those to watch

Rachel Jefferson from Bedlington and Emmie Vincent from Blyth with some of their designs
Rachel Jefferson from Bedlington and Emmie Vincent from Blyth with some of their designs

Fashionistas Rachel Jefferson and Emmie Vincent are the ‘ones to watch’ at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

The Northumbria University students are among a crop of rising stars in the fashion world taking their work to a prestigious catwalk show in London tonight.

Some 25 students from the renowned BA (Hons) Fashion Design course at the North East university are showing collections.

And work from Fashion Design and Marketing and Fashion Communication students will also be shown in a static exhibition.

Powerful women in politics, particularly Margaret Thatcher in the 80’s, inspire Bedlington designer Rachel Jefferson’s collection, Ordered Chaos.

Her work places menswear pieces on women to create oversized, relaxed shapes.

Bedlington designer Rachel Jefferson's illustrations
Bedlington designer Rachel Jefferson's illustrations

Classic garments such as the pin-stripe suit and shirt are refreshed with emphasis on supersized proportions and experimental printing techniques.

Meanwhile, Blyth student Emmie Vincent’s collection, Shades of Pale, challenges conventional understandings of what a material is, or how it should look or feel.

Research into materials other than traditional textiles led her to an exploration of fabric coatings and moulded surfaces using silicone rubber.

The Fashion Design course at the university celebrates its 60th anniversary year in 2014-15.

Kristen Pickering, programme leader, said: “Northumbria fashion graduates have become widely recognised by the industry for their talents and skills in creative communication, craftsmanship, design and manufacture - and most importantly individuality; a Northumbria trait.

Blyth student Emmie Vincent's illustrations
Blyth student Emmie Vincent's illustrations

“They will travel to London to showcase their work on a global stage, and we are all very excited to be part of Graduate Fashion Week yet again.”

Many of this year’s Northumbria students have already attracted industry attention in the Topshop and Topman Awards and the Marks & Spencer Best of British Award supported by the British Fashion Council.

Final year Fashion Communication student Melissa Smith, from County Durham has attracted worldwide acclaim winning the Design For All award in the Orange Young Designers international competition in Paris.

Melissa came up with an innovative app called TIME that uses digital technology to monitor and control digital connectivity, encouraging users to switch off and engage in more traditional activities.

In 2013, Northumbria University graduates, staff and students received a total of 80 national and international design and media awards, commendations and accolades.

The Northumbria Fashion Design Show is tonight at 5pm at London Graduate Fashion Week at Truman Brewery.


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