Manchester School of Art graduates kept the audience on their toes at this year’s showcase on our Smartfocus Catwalk. With a soundtrack of upbeat music ranging from Beyonce to a cover of the Bee Gees “Staying Alive” keeping the energy flowing, Manchester School of Art did not disappoint. 

Bethan Currie’s pastel fur jackets with “BAN THE BOMB” and peace signs made a bold statement to start the show. This was followed by Sophie Maddocks’ use of the female gender symbol accessorising shirts printed with “feminism means equality” and “time to woman up” – these graduates clearly feel strongly about global issues we face today.

A recurring use of primary colours of blue, red, and yellow worked into oversized men’s denim jackets were paired with splashes of bright yellow paint, and skateboards in each model's hand. Alongside the blues, reds, yellows and denim, we saw the skill and technique shine through from many uses of stitching, weaving, knitting, and print.

Manchester School of Art showcased an incredible amount of talent, here on our Smartfocus Catwalk for Graduate Fashion Week.

Words by Maisie Taylor