Arjeta Hasmuja, Fashion Futures 2015
Graduating from BA (Hons) Fashion, University of Hertfordshire
Tell us about your graduate collection:
The inspiration for my collection was traditional Albanian clothing – I’m from Albania and I wanted the collection a have a meaning that was personal to me, yet still be modern enough that anyone can wear it.
The making process was my favourite part of the project. Pattern cutting and construction is something that I really enjoy doing – seeing your collection come together and knowing that you made it is just awesome.
The fabrics I’ve used are jersey, Florence mesh, cotton drill, linden waterproof, mesh and reflective fabric. My printed fabric is seen in every outfit in the collection. I designed the print on photoshop and based it on flowers because it was a detail that I had seen on the traditional clothing and wanted to incorporate it in to the collection. The print also features my name and logo in the print which is mixed in between the flowers. Digital embroidery has also been used on my t-shirts, with the brand name being embroidered on different parts of each t-shirt. This was the hardest bit for me to do and the was many failed attempts before I finally got it right. Making the ruffles was the most time-consuming part. Each one had to be a specific length for where it was being placed and the edges had to be burned so that they wouldn’t fray.
The collection changed a lot from the first line up that I had done and went in a completely different direction when it came to my final one. There are parts of the collection that I would of never of thought of doing if it wasn’t for my tutors helping and pushing me to develop it.
Did taking part in Fashion Futures help you?
Doing Fashion Futures really helped me become more confident in myself when it comes to talking to new people and doing presentations. Its okay to ask for help when you don’t know how to do something. Being taught how to set up and use an industrial sewing machine really helped when I went to university because before I did FAD, I had only used a domestic machine.
To the current Fashion Futures students I’d like to say, enjoy what you’re doing and be as creative as you can because you’re never going to get an opportunity like this again. Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t know how to do something because everyone is there to help you.