Students create trend boards for prestigious event
15 Aug 2013
Final year students and graduates from Textiles courses at University of Brighton Faculty of Arts have, for the past two seasons, created trend boards exhibited at the prestigious textile trade fair, Textile Forum, which is held in London twice a year.
Organisers of the Textile Forum invited the contribution from students following a visit to the final year students’ Textile Show, held in the Crypt Gallery in London in June last year.
The latest trend boards comprise knit, woven and print fabrics. The knitted textiles board focuses on women’s wear with layers, pleats, graphic structures, discreet graduating textures, modern Arans, Celtic knots and metallic mixtures.
The woven textiles trend board, showcases men’s wear fabrics from Georgina Sury and Penny Gray. It combines sportswear and heritage themes, with bleached hessian surfaces and wools with rubberised finishes, woven mohairs and leathers, traditional suitings with ‘surprise’ finishes, shaggy/pile surfaces and plastic/ wool combinations.
There is a strong emphasis on layering light and heavy weight fabrics and colours that incorporate faded neutrals and rich darks with neon. Georgina's work explores textiles through the narrative of her grandfather’s letters as he travelled from England to Australia: shirtings and suitings are weathered, mended and augmented creating a relaxed textural menswear story.
Penny was inspired by dark, urban industrial spaces and the tension between the natural and man-made combining luxury fibres, mohair and leathers with technical finishes.
The Textile Forum is London's most exclusive fashion fabric show and is a top sourcing event for a wide range of designers. The show is aimed at designers, small to medium sized manufacturers, dressmakers and retail fabric specialists looking for high-quality fashion fabrics from UK and Continental mills.