Three of our Fashion graduates will be showcasing their collections this month in the London and Paris Fashion Weeks. As emerging designers in the fashion industry, Micol Ragni, James Kelly and Hannah Williams will be displaying their Spring/Summer 2016 collections, in collaboration with Fashion Scout – one of the UK’s largest fashion showcases in the London and Paris Fashion Weeks.
Micol’s collection, Dark Funk, has a strong focus on silhouettes, structures and volumes inspired by mathematics, geometry and numerology. Micol graduated from UCA in 2011 after moving to the UK from Italy. He’s broken into the fashion industry through internships with Julien McDonald, Louise Goldin and Christopher Kane, among other designers.
James’ womenswear collection is made up of outdoor clothes and sportswear, featuring alpaca mohair and ostrich feathers. James graduated from UCA in 2012 and this will be the second year he’s showcased his designs with Fashion Scout, having won the Fashion Scout Merit Award. This gives him three seasons of sponsored showcasing during London Fashion Week, alongside regular mentoring sessions with top industry figures.
Hannah will be showcasing her MA collection which is driven by unusual processes. Inspired by technique, Hannah sculpted the garments onto live models and used a variety of materials such as silicone, plaster and acrylic. She graduated from UCA in 2013 after securing the prestigious Womenswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week alongside the GFW Fashion Innovation Award for her groundbreaking silicone collection in the same year. Hannah told Fashion Scout: "I’m heavily influenced by sculpture and therefore wanted to change the normal process of fashion. I didn't want to pattern cut or sew, I wanted to create a new way of designing."
We love seeing our graduates’ innovative designs appearing in internationally renowned fashion weeks. Not long after leaving UCA, Micol, James and Hannah are already being recognised as emerging talent in the fashion industry – they’re certainly ones to watch.