Name of Student: Samantha Wood
Name of University:University of the Creative Arts Epsom
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.
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.