Over 2 months ago my tutor from DMU emailed to tell me that my collection had been selected to be displayed at Shanghai Fashion Week. Needless to say I was excited and grateful.
It was strange to think that my collection, that I worked on for so long and put everything into, was going to be half way across the world and displayed to a completely different culture.
My final collection, as I am sure many other Fashion Design Students will agree, is a very personal thing. Details, colour, cuts and fabric choices have all been informed by our culture, childhood and experiences. And each stitch,embroidery, bead and macrame knot has a moment and memory attached, whether good or bad (often difficult). My first outfit has a jacket with a macrame section, which (for my own sanity) I never worked out how long it took. I can still look at the Jacket and recall what I was watching or listening to at the time (embarrassingly, a lot of it was the complete series of Sabrina The teenage witch).
On October 22nd, I received a tweet from my friend with a link to the images from the Shanghai Catwalk [http://www.shanghaifashionweek.com/event_detail.asp?id=334]
I was so happy and proud to see my work in China! It's slightly surreal aswell, because I was still in rainy Northumberland, working and it is so strange to think that when I get my collection back, it has travelled further than I have.
But, I can claim that I've been to China, right?
Here a few links to media response: