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Graduate Fashion Week: Birmingham and Salisbury

Teddy bears and cartoon characters feature in this nostalgic penultimate show report from Graduate Fashion Week, at Birmingham and Salisbury, on Tuesday 8 June 2010

Written by Jonno Ovans

After trying to rid myself of the triffid-like water bottles by drinking them, after the Ravensbourne show, I spent most of the Birmingham and Salisbury-shared show needing the loo but at least there was an incredibly strong showing to keep me entertained, with knitwear to match the best of them. Birmingham’s Thomasin Gautier-Ollerenshaw’s menswear featured balaclavas, oversized coats and jumpers with cartoon characters and catchphrases.

Elsewhere, the show’s opener was Angela Stead with a fairytale Alice in Wonderland-style story with a tea cup handbag, rose headpieces, lace, and a dress made from patches of shredded, leaf-like fabric. 

Anna Russell’s flesh coloured collection of perforated leathers on pale, doll-like models was tight-fitting and delicate, and stood out in a sea of brash designs.

There were more teddy bears from Jessica Day in a collection that looked straight out of Marina Diamandis‘ wardrobe; again, it was like somebody had fallen into a child’s dressing up box…

…As opposed to, say, Joe Turvey’s models who looked like they had emerged with the rational parts of the their brain missing from a serial killer’s dressing up dungeon. Reminscent of Dior or Walter van Beirendonck, the collection was a disconcerting mix of wearable knits and sadistic-looking leather overalls styled with chilling masks and waist-cinching belts.

Wiltshire College followed, with Sophie Lowe’s rural and armour inspired collection one of knitted taffeta, sheepskin, and dip dye straw…

…while Rebecca Giddings’s work featured leather, shoulder pads and welding overalls, which seemed to be a case of Robin Hood meets Flashdance (which, incidentally, seems like a brilliant idea for a film.)

Across the board it seems there’s some childhood nostalgia going on – time to get raiding the attic to see what you can turn those old teddy bears into.


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One Response to “Graduate Fashion Week: Birmingham and Salisbury”

  1. sophie lowe says:

    Hello! sorry its taken so long only just found this blog, just wanted to say thankyou so much for writting about my work!xx

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