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UCA graduate jets off to the Big Apple as GFW lands in New York

Our UCA Rochester graduate, Claire Tagg, has landed in New York after being chosen to represent Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) as it celebrates its first American showcase.

Exhibiting her final-year collection and portfolio, BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print alumna Claire is one of just ten graduates from GFW 2017 selected to showcase at the overseas event.

Describing her 2017 work, Claire said: “The cut of my collection explores the airline uniform that I once admired, inspired by structured airline jackets which are combined with softer fabrics. 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.”

GFW is a charity organisation founded in 1991. It aims to unify both UK and international universities and create a stronghold for the creative industries. The annual four-day Graduate Fashion Week event, which takes place in London, attracts around 30,000 guests each June and sees more than 1,000 students and graduates from around the world exhibit their work.

During the American showcase, GFW will work closely with major brands and publications to highlight more than 25 years of work with fashion's next generation.

Since graduating in June, Claire’s career has gone from strength-to-strength. Last summer a dress from her graduate collection was worn by singer Hatty Keane at the world premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight, and later in the year Claire was asked to design a womenswear collection for High Street giant Marks & Spencer.

Below image: Claire's collection at GFW 2017.

Claire Tagg collection