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University Students showcase at London Fashion Week

Fashion students from universities across the UK will showcase their physics inspired designs at London Fashion Week next month, as they go head-to-head in the 2015 FAD Competition final.

The catwalk final will take place on Tuesday 24th February at Fashion Scout, Covent Garden, and will see the shortlisted designers compete for £1000 and a top industry placement. 

This year FAD challenged students to design a mini-collection of two outfits, menswear or  womenswear, which explore the commonalities of physics and design. The 17 young finalists  were selected from over 150 student entries shortlisted from 40 UK colleges and universities.

Inspired by a breath of physics theories, many finalists have adopted a scientist’s approach to secure their place in this year’s final. Prash Muraleetharan (University of Brighton) uses fibres treated with thermochromic and photochromic layered dyes to create garments which alter in reaction to a physical or emotional condition, while Katarina Lindell (UCA Rochester) explores otherwise unseen natural morphogenetic processes in her crystallized men’s tailoring.  In a similar vein Robyn Yeang’s (London College of Fashion) bio-degradable womenswear takes its cue from Environmental Physics and The Butterfly Effect, while Christopher Clarke’s (Manchester School of Art) tongue-in-cheek entry is inspired by the Yarkovsky effect and 1950’s cold war culture.  

Reflecting on this year’s physics brief the finalists said: “The brief really opened my eyes to an area of inspiration which I perhaps would have normally overlooked.” Christopher Clarke

“FAD had a really interesting brief this year. The chance to work with an unexpected, nonfashion topic like physics is really inspiring. I thought out of all the competitions out there, FAD would be the most fun and challenging for me.” Clarise Itoriaga 

The finalists have until the end of January to create their garments for the London Fashion Week catwalk. Their entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including Geraldine Cox, Physics Artist in ResidenceImperial College; Professor Clare Johnston, Head of Textiles at the RCA and Tamsin Blanchard, Fashion Features Director at the Telegraph Magazine, who will select one overall winner and two runners up.  

Now in its 14th year the FAD Competition continues to challenge fashion students to think  outside the commercial box; encouraging them to look to art, culture and wider social trends  for inspiration. Previous FAD Competition finalists include acclaimed womenswear designer David Koma; 2014 RCA Graduate and ‘One to Watch’ Emma Hardstaff, and 2010 Graduate  Fashion Week winner Rebecca Thomson. 

THE  2015 FAD FINALISTS ARE: 

  1. Katarina Lindell -  UCA Rochester 
  2. Ashley Patterson -  Bath Spa 
  3. Alexandra Abercombie -  Manchester Metropolitan University 
  4. Christopher Clarke - Manchester School of Art 
  5. Clarise Itoriaga -  Manchester Metropolitan University 
  6. Rachael McMurray -  Glasgow School of Art 
  7. Johnson Deng -  Kingston University 
  8. Juniper Lai London - College of Fashion 
  9. Robyn Yeang London  - College of Fashion 
  10. Prash Muraleetharan - University of Brighton 
  11. Eleanor Carless -  University of Brighton 
  12. Olivia Overton -  University of Middlesex 
  13. Catriona Pringle - De Montfort University 
  14. Francesca Phipps - De Montfort University 
  15. Yeeun Park  - Nottingham Trent University 
  16. Alice Polley -   Arts University Bournemouth 
  17. Lucy Day -  Colchester School of Art 
  • Date published: 17th February 2015
  • Written by: Kim Cockayne

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