Final Year Fashion Design Work in Progress

Outfit by Noah Hilditch (reclaimed materials and Northern Irish unionist flags), Photography Dave Gibbons

In a fully student-led show Fashion Design and Knitwear students collaborated to present their final year and second year work in progress to an audience at Winchester School of Art in it’s 150th year.

This year saw themes of politics, reusing – reducing, up cycling, handmade, diversity and discrimination being held close to the students hearts.

Outfits by Noah Hilditch (80s Eurovision party)
Outfits by Ashleigh Hillman (handmade stripes with organic cotton and hemp), models Lydia Matthews & Lucy Gadsden
Outfit by Bailey Hutchinson (Hand bleached denim)
Outfit by Yuxin Wei

Year 2 Fashion Design Live Project With Penguin Ventures

In collaboration with Penguin Ventures, Year 2 Fashion Design students were tasked with creating an ethically considered garment and four scarves inspired by Cicely Mary Barker’s exquisite Flower Fairy illustrations. The students delivered a variety of looks that went beyond the expected. 

In this live industry project students presented their ideas to representatives from Penguin Ventures. Sara Glenn, Commercial Curator for Penguin Ventures and Naomi Godden (who is also a knitwear alumnus of WSA) selected pieces to be displayed alongside a large exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey in Hampshire. 

The exhibition at Mottisfont Abbey includes original Cicely Mary Barker Flower Fairy illustrations and Vin Burnham costumes. The whole site has been turned into a Flower Fairy encapsulation. “We wanted to create something where we were giving something back and with sustainability and there is a real interest in fashion in our team. This seemed like a perfect project.” 

Sara Glenn had this to say about the student’s work: 

“The students have been so imaginative and they’ve really thought outside of the box. I can’t wait for this to be added to the display, it’s going to add a different dynamic to what is already there and open people’s eyes to what you can really do with a subject matter and take it on to use it for fashion and design.”

The sustainability aspect shone through the students use of natural dyes and cellulose fibre based fabrics. The focus on ethical thinking even inspired the stories the students created for the Flower Fairies, such as the Flower Fairy visiting the melting ice caps or saving animals. 

There were many interesting concepts for the Flower Fairies. There was an interpretation of the Rose Bay Willow Flower Fairy as a florist. Another example is the Rosehip Flower Fairy as a social media influencer, in which Tina Tian painted her scarves as posts from her Flower Fairy’s Instagram page.

“She enjoys her life and loves to share her life with her followers and the four pictures are her having her afternoon tea in different places like cafes or parks or at home. My garment is inspired by my concept of Wonderland, which is a flower field. The ruffles are to create the flower shape. The jacket is inspired by Marc Chegall and has a man and a woman’s face in the garment.”  

Some of the stories went beyond a profession for the modern-day Flower Fairy as some aspects translated very well today as they did back in the 1920s as shown in Sarah Shurmer’s garment. 

 “The Candytuft Flower Fairy was having an identity crisis and I can relate. So, the concept I created was based around identity and to symbolize that I had used fingerprints in the design.” 

Walter Wu reimagined the Dogwood Flower Fairy as a memory collector. Creating an intricate jumpsuit that utilized woven strips of recycled newspaper as a key textile. He also experimented with using food labels as a textile option. 

“Nobody remembers yesterday’s newspaper, so I wanted to keep it and use it in the garment. The inspiration is from vintage menswear/workwear. You can see the pattern has a curve which can make the worker move easily.” 

Caroline Streat created a blazer inspired by the Robin Pin Cushion Flower Fairy who is described as a ball of flame. Caroline’s interpretation of the Flower Fairy decided to go protesting after a trip to Borneo and seeing the scale deforestation.

“I enjoyed using the natural dyeing processes so I used various things such as turmeric to dye my garment. I visited an exhibition in London ‘Invisible Men’ I started looking at Vivienne Westwood and her prints and current climate change elements.  I used laser etching as a sustainable method of printing onto textiles.”

The work is now on display at Mottisfont Abbey until the 05 January 2020. For more information visit the Mottisfont Abbey website.

Written by Hilary Ip, Year 3 Fashion Marketing with Management

The Petra Börner Talk

The next ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER’ guest speaker is London based Swedish artist and illustrator Petra Börner.

Petra explores her practice using a wide range of media, from works on paper or canvas, short films and works in ceramics, but at the heart is a passion for drawing. 

Clients include Aquascutum, Bally, Cacharel, Isetan, Louis Vuitton, Greenpeace, Albert Bonniers, Tiffany & Co, Chanel, Penguin Random, The World of Interiors, Victoria & Albert Museum, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Oscars, Carven, Royal Opera, Apple Inc., .

All students are welcome to join us 17.00-18.00, Thursday 28th November, Lecture Theatre A

The Emma Greenhill Talk


The next ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER’ guest speaker is Fashion Textiles Designer Emma Greenhill. After the talk and Q&A we will also have the opportunity to examine wonderful examples of her work.

Emma Greenhill has worked for the past twenty years for designers such a Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Luella and Julien MacDonald. As a In-House PR she was known for her bold thinking and creative solutions which she has translated into her own label, launched in 2014. 

Emma’s scarf designs emanate from “characters and made-up stories that dance in her head”.  She then transfers these stories to paper utilising mixed media, collage and motif. These are then printed onto a variety of luxurious fabrics, which are sold within the UK or are exported as far as Japan. 

All students are welcome to join us 16.00-17.00, Thursday 17th October, Lecture Theatre A

Rottingdean Bazaar Talk

We welcome @rottingdeanbazaar for our next ‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!’ talk on Thursday 10th October 5-6pm in Lecture Theatre A at Winchester School of Art.

@rottingdeanbazaar are an independent anti-fashion label working with conceptual fashion and projects. Very funny and inspiring for any Art & Design Student.

‘KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!’ is a series of exciting and informative Fashion and Textile related talks held at Winchester School of Art throughout the academic year,

BA Fashion Design Open Days

Wish to know more about the Fashion Design programme? Why not visit our campus in the beautiful city of Winchester. This is the best way for you to fully understand what we are about. Here you can meet our staff, chat with our current students, see our first-class facilities, experience our work, visit our halls of residence (Open Days only), and find the answers to any questions you may have about what we have to offer here on the Fashion Design programme.

Book your visit and learn more here

Our 2019 Open Days are on the following dates. 

Saturday 7 September 
Saturday 12 October 
Wednesday 23 October 
Saturday 23 November