Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The lovely people at Drapers have done a little feature on us lucky 7 who were chosen to represent GFW - check it out here if you have access to the online content if not here is what it says!

With less than a week to go before the start of Graduate Fashion Week, Drapers catches up with some of the students to give you a sneak preview of their designs.

Name of Student: Samantha Wood

Name of University:University of the Creative Arts Epsom

Specialism: Menswear

Inspiration behind the collection

My graduate collection is based on a selection of American colour photographs from the time of the Great Depression. They were interesting to me as most photos from that time were black and white, drab and depressing, however these photographs had a joy and colourfulness to me. I love taking an American influence but contrasting it with a very British edge.

Details on the collection

The garment shapes and silhouettes are based on a mixture of American workwear and sportswear. I contrasted these shapes with fabrics in pastel blues, greens and creams with hints of burgundy and tan. I also managed to create a few new textiles for this collection, both print and through manipulation of a floral print which really brings the collection together.

Career ambitions

After graduating I hope to gain experience interning at different British menswear designers before I decide what I want to specialise in. I have an interview this week with JW Anderson. My collection has taught me that the possibilities in menswear design are endless and I am very excited to find out where I am best suited.

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