More than 80 fashion design graduates will showcase designs womenswear, knitwear, and menswear as part of the show, organised by ‘Fashion Says Stitched’, a graduate fashion body set up by students in protest at cuts which took funding away from their final year show.
In previous years, the end of year show was backed by the university but this year the money was withdrawn amid wider cuts. Funds for the show have instead been raised through events such as themed club nights, jumble sales, car boot sales and donations from students.
“The Fashion Says Stitched committee was formed at the start of the academic year after we learnt about the cuts because we felt we had been ‘stitched up’. We organised this event as a way of showcasing students hard work and awesome talent, which we feel shouldn’t go unrecognized just because of funding cuts,” said Emma Sanders, event organiser.
“A huge amount of effort and organisation has been put into these shows by the committee, to make it the biggest fashion event outside of London in hopefully many years to come. Without the constant hard work of the committee and students there would be NO UWE Graduate Show 2012,” she added.
As well as a catwalk show, the event will also feature an exhibition of textiles, photography, illustration and styling from 2D illustration students.
“This show is the culmination of three years of work from the talented fashion students at UWE. This is the chance to see the future talent in British fashion design on the way up and to pick up a fashion bargain,” said show producer Anna Jauncey.
“Most of the collections will be available for purchase and there will be a broad range of disciplines shown, so whether you’re on the lookout for knitwear or an evening dress you will find something to add to your collection,” added Jauncey.
Fashion Says Stiched catwalk show, 6pm – 7pm, 11 May 2012, Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, BS2 0NW.
Tickets: £8 students, £10 adults. Call 07866791940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information follow the students on Twitter @stitched_says