The multi-disciplinary partnership at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Fashion Institute aims to combine expertise from across the Fashion Industry. As one of the top 50 best fashion schools in the world, their courses cover the breadth of the industry. At GFW18, they took over S3, showcasing collection in a unique and original way, with screens and static models lit up within the audience. Their presentation reflected the aim for their students to get ahead in the competition and discover their niche in the broad market.
The presentation captivated their embrace of cultures and heritage. A variety of pieces with many obvious influences were displayed in the empty hall that had an abandoned and industrial feel. Alongside the frozen models wearing the pieces were screens displaying moving models. Gold and pink sequins enticed the crowd towards the work of Emma Ramsden. Her pieces showed clear prom and disco influences that are similar to those shown in the work of Gucci. The pink accessories and detail on the dress complied with the stereotypical feminine look that is common when referring to those influences.
The work of Emma Ramsden contrasted with the work to its right by Laura Bilgin. Her piece was a combination of tones but the overall darkness of the piece is what attracted the crowd. The detail of the fabric was precise and the fit and the sleeves were different to the other outfits within the presentation. Strong colours made the work of Tom Cree stand out. The bright and bold colours alongside the classic shapes created a classic outfit that would be successful in the commercial market. The use of colour blocking makes the lines of the pieces sharp giving a tailored appearance.
The Manchester Fashion Institute Presentation was successful in visualising the Institute’s aims and objectives. The pieces on show were niche and weren’t following common fashion ideas.
Words by Rosie Smith
Photography by Rory James