Three students from Kingston University, Northumbria University and University of Westminster have now been shortlisted for the Mulberry Accessories Award each having very different styles and creativity constructing some really diverse collections.
With all of her work being digitally presented Molly Ratcliff has not only been nominated for this award, but has also got a placement with Abercrombie for 2 years in Ohio, which she will be flying off to in October. Molly’s live project was with Abercrombie focusing on back to school where she had produced a variety of work including lots of beautiful illustrations that were manipulated digitally. Her muse has a gothic style and with inspiration of armour from 15th century combined with anatomy using laser cutting techniques and creating stylish prints combining them with her chosen colour palette of blacks, greys and white – with a touch of camel.
Olivia Hanson had a more unusual focus, and that was inflatable’s! Inspired by Jeff Koons , she wanted to show progression in her work by looking at the inflation and deflation of the products, and managed to achieve the playful inflatable look by using liquid latex over silk which meant she was able to produce garments from her designs based on various animals such as pigs, giraffes, crocodiles, sharks and parrots. Olivia also created a pre-collection where she focused on the prints and shapes of the inflatable instead of the actual product – she wanted to make it wearable and fun, this then progressed onto her final collection that we have just mentioned, still based around inflatable’s. Her collection was then beautifully photographed in a beautiful house in Shoreditch that is based around the 1950’s called ‘Time for tea’.
Mark Williams – Kingston University
Mark Williams shows off his bold and bloody but very luxurious fashion down the catwalk of graduate fashion week. Mark investigates fur to create a dramatic look within his work that is inspired by 1940’s philosopher and expressionist artist Francis Bacon. Getting his fur from Europe where the farms are regulated by the British Fur Trade association, goat, mink and red fox were used to show off his passion for extravagance in a fur based final collection with vivid red and black as a main colour palette.