Fresh from lighting up the Graduate Fashion Week runway, an air travel-inspired dress, designed by UCA Rochester student Claire Tagg, has impressed on the red carpet at the world premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight.
Worn by British singer and songwriter Hatty Keane, the striking design uses plane seatbelts as straps and drew plenty of attention at the Leicester Square event for the blockbuster film, which features Mark Wahlberg and Josh Duhamel among its cast.
“I was absolutely pinching myself when the photos starting coming out,” says Claire who is 25 and from Newcastle-under-Lyme. “It’s crazy to see something you have made and spent so much time on be worn at an event like this.”
Hatty contacted Claire through Instagram and said that she had come across ’s collection and would love to wear one of her designs to the film premiere.
“Hatty loved the design as it was a dramatic look that attracted a lot of attention at the event. She looked beautiful in it and I have had a lot of lovely comments about how elegant my work is,” Claire adds.
The UCA Rochester student, whose work was chosen to feature in the Best 25 at the GFW Gala Awards Show, will graduate on Tuesday (27 June) with a BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print. Attracted to the style and elegance of air stewardesses, Claire initially trained to be one, but later decided to pursue a career in fashion and enrolled as a student at UCA. Her former career experiences are what inspired her final collection.
“The cut of my collection explores the airline uniform that I once admired, inspired by structured airline jackets which are combined with softer fabrics,” Claire explains. “The garments are heavily embellished to show elements of glamour contrasted against rich destructed textures to reflect the collection concept.
“There is so much drawing that has to be produced to start a print collection and even more experimentation. Working with mixed media and using techniques learnt in the print room with an open mind is vital as you never know what you can create. Once my print work started to come together, I began to experiment with draping fabrics onto the mannequin to think about the shape of the garments that would work well with the prints.”
Below image: The dress designed by Claire Tagg.