Sophie Watson, Fashion Futures 2015
Graduating from BA (Hons) Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University
Tell us about your final collection:
My inspiration for my graduate collection was my hometown of London, exploring urbanicity as my concept. Looking at architecture, the suit and tie commuters and the hi-vis city workers that build our city in the modern day. I bought loads of old hi-vis uniforms, deconstructed them to create different silhouettes and to understand how the were made and their typical features before translating this within my own garments. I didn’t expect it to turn out how it did but then I don’t think you can control it that much, you need to take risks to discover new techniques that are unique to your collection. Don’t be too precious during the creative process, cut up your toiles, experiment on the body, turn things upside down! Nothing is off limit.
How was your uni experience?
I have loved my experience at university and will miss it a lot. I have met so many amazing people, and particularly in final year developed the skills I needed to take into industry. If you are looking to study Fashion Design, I couldn’t recommend Nottingham Trent enough.
My biggest challenge has definitely been final year, but it has also been my favourite year. The work load is intense, and I practically live at uni but it has been so rewarding and fulfilling both personally and academically.
What’s next for you?
A job hopefully! For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a designer specifically within womenswear high-street. I would also love to experience working behind the scenes in catwalk show set-up and production (the inspiration for my dissertation). After volunteering to help out at numerous fashion weeks, I really admire the showing of fashion. I’m very keen to travel again, having done an exchange program to study at FIT in New York during my second year at Nottingham Trent, I would love my job to take me abroad.
Did taking part in Fashion Futures help you?
Fashion Futures really helped me. It taught me skills that I hadn’t learnt at school, as well as reinforcing the skills I already had. It made me confident enough to apply to university straight from school and not do a foundation year, I don’t think I would’ve got into NTU straight from school without it.
If I was to give any advice to current Fashion Futures, it would be to take advantage of FAD. It is an amazing opportunity that not many people have access to. It sets you apart, is a great talking point in interviews and they have many contacts within the industry. Stay in touch with them!!