Fashion pair showcase their designs in London

Northumbria students Rachael Jefferson and Emmie Vincent with their designs.

Northumbria students Rachael Jefferson and Emmie Vincent with their designs.

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Two young fashion designers were among the ‘ones to watch’ as part of a major fashion event in London.

Bedlington designer Rachel Jefferson and Blyth student Emmie Vincent were among the students from Northumbria University at Graduate Fashion Week in London.

As part of the BA (Hons) Fashion Design course, 25 students showed collections on the catwalk alongside a static exhibition.

Rachel’s collection ‘Ordered Chaos’ was inspired by powerful women in politics, particular Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Rachel said: “The silhouette is strong, placing menswear pieces on the female form to create oversized, relaxed shapes.

“Classic garments such as the pin-stripe suit and shirt are refreshed with emphasis on supersized proportions and experimental printing techniques.”

Emmie’s collection, Shades of Pale, was concerned with the unexpected, and challenges conventional understandings of what a material is, or how it should look or feel.

Many of this year’s students involved in the week have already attracted industry attention in the Topshop and Topman Awards, as well as the Marks & Spencer Best of British Award supported by the British Fashion Council.

Kristen Pickering, programme leader for Fashion 2014 at the university, said: “Northumbria fashion graduates have become widely recognised for their talents and skills in creative communication, craftsmanship, design and manufacture.”

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