The De Montfort University catwalk show reflects the innovation and commitment that the university aims for. Alongside the graduates before them who went on to work in influential positions at established brands, Burberry, French Connection and Nike to mention a few, the graduates who showcased their collections displayed an ability to create a collection that portrays their skills and innovation alongside their awareness of commercial reality.
Visitors left the stands and headed towards the catwalk for De Montfort University’s catwalk show. The show was a clear representation of their stance in the fashion industry. The show began with a performance that was clearly inspired by protests. Each model held a sign with a strong message from “we refuse to be forgotten” to “good design is sustainable design”. The self-acclaimed, DMU Army presented a variety of collections displaying the range of the course at De Montfort University.
Oversized pieces and unconventional shapes regularly featured in the show. Rachel Ballamy combined oversized knitwear and bold colours to create a memorable collection. The pieces had a stretched appearance and knot detailing which created a heavy look. Charlotte Byrne’s collection had a distressed appearance. The darkness of the fabric alongside the ripped appearance created a heavy look which stood out among the other graduates. On the contrary David Cottington produced a collection that was light and unusually feminine for a menswear line. David’s work was influenced by classic men’s tailoring but he introduced sheer material and embroidery to present his creative agenda.
De Montfort University’s catwalk collection has shown that the graduates have accomplished in displaying an ability to create a collection that displays their skills whilst keeping commercial reality in mind. The work of the graduates displays unique fashion techniques and designs.
Words by Rosie Smith
Photography by Becky Mukerji