Niove Louca, Fashion Futures 2014
Graduating from BA (Hons) Fashion with Business Studies, University Of Brighton
Tell us about your graduate collection:
My collection focuses on oversized masculine activewear garments, using the characteristics of delicate furnishing fabrics. The mood of the collection exhibits soft sensual femininity alongside graphic, excessive masculine volumes, juxtaposing sportswear fabrics with a variety of furnishing drape techniques. The initial garment used as a starting inspiration was my dad’s ski salopettes, and ski wear and padded elements were used throughout.
I wanted my collection to exhibit fun and silliness through the colours and silhouettes. The silhouettes came from my initial stand work, I found this very useful when coming up with designs. The making process was difficult at times, trying to achieve the desired shape and right amount of volume.
The majority of the collection was made out of nylon, in different weights and finishes. Excessive volumes were created through use of vast amounts of fabric alongside a mix of heavy and lightweight fabrics. Volume was also created through the use of drawstrings and elastic.
Now that the final collection has been made, I feel relived and proud of all the work I’ve put in. It’s really exciting to see your designs come to life and be shown on a runway for friends and family to see.
How has your uni experience been?
My experience has been amazing, at times the work load was challenging but I’ve learnt so many new skills along the way and met some amazing people.
Did taking part in Fashion Futures help you?
What I gained most about doing Fashion Futures is definitely confidence. The whole experience boosted my confidence when it came to designing, pattern cutting and making, I was taught to be free when designing and that any design is possible to make. I also learnt a great deal about the fashion industry and the different career paths that are available to carry out.