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ECA degree show fashion, costume and textiles

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A few weeks ago now, the art college degree show was on and after a mostly unsuccessful trip to the illustration bit (one of us always had to stay with Milo by the windows counting chimneys at all times), Dave took the boys to the meadows so I could have a quick scoot round the fashion and textiles bit.

It was quite a different set up this year, in the main hall in the old building not the new one on West Port as in previous years. The textile people got these long banners, which are pretty cool, but it did mean that they didn’t get the racks of fabrics you can touch that you usually get, and I really like.

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Details of the textile banners

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I can’t quite remember what this wall was, I think it was textiles as well

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This one was definitley textiles, even though it’s an actual outfit.

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I always think it’s a shame that the fashion people don’t get to display on mannequins, unlike the performance costume people. They get the fashion show instead I suppose and photos around the walls. This person did get some mannequins, since they were masters level. I didn’t much like it, it’s all draping that would just completely fall apart if worn by anyone other than a completely flatchested skinny person. To be honest, there was an awful lot like that, all oversized and volume in weird places which didn’t exactly seem designed with actual wearers in mind. Does that make me old/boring? A few of the fashion bits that wouldn’t have looked out of place in the costume actually, I wish I’d taken more pictures, but I guess taking a picture of a picture is always a bit too meta.

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This was the most stunning ice queen type dress from the costumes, and you can see the fashion photos displayed. I don’t know if this will let you zoom in, but that black coat there on the right is what I mean with taking the volume thing that little step over the actually wearable in real life border.

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Weirdly, this was the only other costume I took a picture of, I guess I get excited when a young person references all the cbeebies characters I spend my days around. The skirt bit is a carousel made from haba (?) beads. The dog was part of the same person’s display. Also top left hand corner in the background the most costumey of the fashion things. I mean, who could possibly wear this except maybe Bjork on stage?

I really wish I’d taken more pictures of the costumes, some of them were really amazing and the craftsmanship that goes into them is just so impressive.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed this very belated look at the degree show. Hoping to spend more time next year!

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