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Colchester School of Art, Design and Media: Ba Fashion and Textiles 2011 Graduate Fashion Week Review

Lovely fashion textiles from Marie Chandler, Elan Nye and Rebecca Odubanjo on the very well put together Colchester stand.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Rebecca Odubanjo by Naomi Law
Rebecca Odubanjo by Naomi Law.

I haven’t written anything about the stuff I saw on the stands at Graduate Fashion Week – sometimes I suffer from real information overload, and I’m afraid this was one of those occasions so I just stuck to reviews of the Gala Awards Show instead. But there was one stand that really grabbed my attention: a combination of colourful, highly patterned clothing (always a winner with me, I am sure my regular readers will know) and a clever, simply put together display.

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Colchester School of Art, Design and Media had hung student collections from sweeping rails that effectively showed off the vibrancy of design in graduate collections. It worked amazingly well visually, though I could have done with a bit more help locating who had designed what.

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Marie Chandler‘s Rock Candy collection featured some outrageous digital prints that combined the crazy fashions of Japanese Harajuku girls with My Little Pony kiddie imagery and Bay City Rollers influenced high waisted wide legged flares.

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Elan Nye named her fashion textiles collection African Queen. It featured mix and match African inspired prints with intricate bead embroidery, and was inspired by the Yinka Shonibare exhibition Little Rich Girls, as was Rebecca Odubanjo‘s collection.

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I spoke briefly with Rebecca Odubanjo, who was standing next to her stand. Her Yoruba collection featured wide maxi dress shapes with over sized ruffles and bows, all covered with bright African Ankara inspired textiles. She aspires to work with an ethical fashion company – so, who’s going to snap her up? Follow Rebecca Odubanjo on twitter.

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