Young fashion designers took inspiration from men in their lives for a male muse project at Middlesex University this week.
Second year Middlesex BA Fashion Design students showcased their designs at a live presentation in front of an industry panel of successful menswear designers Agi and Sam. Outfits were modelled by the muses who ranged from family members to professional models such as Nik Thakkar, who has worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and Louis Vuitton.
Collections took inspiration from Japanese anime, 70’s &80’s club wear, sci-fi, naval costume and Italian military. The students demonstrated an experimental approach to materials and pattern cutting.
The judging panel selected three winners, with student Sarah Holmes being awarded first place for her regatta themed designs. Inspired by 60-year old family friend Nigel Panton who enjoys rowing, her designs were a modern twist on the theme which included block colours and stripes. She created a jacket, shirt and trousers using materials including cord, mohair, felt, leather and cotton.
Winning Fashion student Sarah Holmes said: “I was really shocked to have won, but it felt great. My muse Nigel was also really happy with the pieces. After graduating I hope to have my own political fashion brand, so I’m building on my experience.”
Along with Sarah, fashion student Olivia Overton picked up second place and Chloe Johnson was selected for third. All were awarded with premier design bookshop Magma vouchers.
Pic: student creation