Damilola Ajani, Fashion Futures 2015
Graduating from BA (Hons) Fashion Textiles: Print, University for the Creative Arts Rochester
Tell us about your graduate collection:
My inspiration for my graduation collection was black women and femininity in art. I explored gender stereotypical male and female silhouettes in the collection to demonstrate a more powerful representation of black women. The message I attempt to communicate is to try and change the narrative of black women by exploring their strength and femininity. I feel very proud of myself from seeing the initial designs. to the experimenting stage to the final collection.
How has your uni experience been?
My experience has been great – I met amazing people, learnt so much and gained so many skills. Third year was my biggest challenge, just trying to balance textiles work and my dissertation. I overcame it by being strict with myself and not procrastinating.
Did taking part in Fashion Futures help you?
Fashion Futures helped me with my pattern cutting and sewing skills. Moreover, it taught me how to build a project in a short period of time.