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Reflection: Graduate Fashion Week

The Sunday of Graduate Fashion Week was all excitement and endless celebration. It was the day the Epsom students showcased their designs, and despite the thick bed of clouds settling over The Truman Brewery, I was most excited.

BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion Student

Graduate fashion sketch

The busiest show of GFW, Epsom Fashion Design students were a solid favourite amongst the many anticipated guests. Being my university campus- and having met the odd design student (when they eventually come out of hiding from the design room) - I couldn't wait to see what the Epsom students had created. Before the show began we took a wander backstage to get a glimpse of the antics prior to the show. Tall, lean models hurried through hair and makeup to make it onto the runway for last minute run-throughs. Backstage was no place of serenity: the air was fused with heats of all kind, it was loud and the sense of panic was real. Trying to take pictures in and amongst this madness had proven to be quite a challenge.

When the show did eventually begin, the equally hot room was filled with giddy spectators- including my course leader who looked more excited than ever as the designs were shown. The models gracefully descended down the catwalk and excited us all with the garments that boasted new talent. Sarah Gillings, Shreyya Mavani and Nicole Ranger were amongst some of my favourites at the show. 

Epsom Graduate show 1

Epsom Graduate show 2

What left me most intrigued was that the graduates had not only turned all their attention to mastering womenswear, but also beautifully creating menswear pieces too. And I’m all for menswear- I actually often buy it (it offers so much comfort and ease), and favour it over womenswear. The Epsom students delved into an avenue driven by unexpected and exciting newness- everything I saw captivated me unlike any other graduate show I had seen before.

My experience of Graduate Fashion Week has been a blur of excitement, curiosity and intrigue. I went with no idea of what to expect, or whether it would differ from other fashion shows I had seen. 

What left me most intrigued was that the graduates had not only turned all their attention to mastering womenswear, but also beautifully creating menswear pieces too. And I’m all for menswear- I actually often buy it (it offers so much comfort and ease), and favour it over womenswear. Unlike some graduate collections, it can often be samey-samey in a sense, however the Epsom students had proven to enter an avenue driven by difference.  

My experience of Graduate Fashion Week was been a blur of excitement, curiosity and intrigue. I went with no idea of what to expect, or whether it would differ from other fashion shows I had seen. Each collection shown revelled in its own splendour and no two shows were the same. And it wasn't just me that thought so; blogger Susie Bubble saw the potential in the students as she perused the UCA stand. There's no denying that those who showed at GFW will go on to achieve great things. I'm excited- as I'm sure Susie is too- about the collections that are yet to be born from this innovating wave of upcoming artists.