Sneak preview of my final collection “One World”

After my return from ISPO it was time to focus on my graduation project. UCF has been so nice to give me 2 extra weeks because I have missed a lot of time due to FASH2012.  I had 2 weeks to work out the basic shapes for my collection and to create an experimental portfolio. Madness! For the past 2 weeks I have been running around feeling out of time. No time to think just do it! Most days I had to create at least one garment. I can almost not believe it myself, but I have managed to make 8 garments in two weeks and I finished my experimental portfolio(30 A2pages!) on time!

This Wednesday I presented the first line up for my graduation collection ”One World” a snow wear collection of which each outfit has been inspired by a continent. The collection is aiming to be as sustainable as possible.

Of course there were a lot of critical questions and comments. Some I saw coming and some were a suprise. But overall I think it went well.  Next week I will receive my official feedback on both assignments.

Shown in the pictures is a sneak preview of my final collection. Please note that this is not a finished project, it is a work in progress. Enjoy!

ISPO

Last week I went to Munich in Germany for ISPO MUNICH which is the biggest show for the sporting goods industry, in the world . With more than 80.000 visitors . I was there because I have won a price at the European Fashion Awards by SDBI. I entered their competition “Active- sportswear design” past summer.

Saturday me and the other price winners got together at the venue to build up and dressed the mannequins on our freshly painted stand. The stand was huge, about 20 meters!

Sunday the 29th of January at noon was the award ceremony and was I finally finding out what price I had won! We started the day at 7.30 at our stand in B3 in the company of Gregor Hohenberg, the photographer that had done our photo shoot in Berlin in December(his main job is to make pictures for Elle and Vogue Germany). The reason for this early hour was to take pictures of the stand with not to many people standing in front of it.

At 9 the venue officially was open to the public. The closer the time got to 12 o’clock, the busier it became.  My boyfriend Richard, my parents and my tutors; Charles Ross, Jane and Patrick Gottelier had came to support me. At 12 o’clock Herr Schirrmacher (chairman of SDBI) took the microphone and held a short introduction after which all the winners walked over to their mannequins and were asked to say something about the collection. After this the price giving started. I wish I was able to tell more about what has been said but unfortunally most of the ceremony was in German, so pretty hard to follow… The first price (€4.000,-) went to Kristina Mora and Alexander Brenk with their Yoga collection. The special price by Gore bike wear (€5.000,-) went to Margarita Ruiz with her urban cycle collection and there were two special mention awards (€500,-), which went Jorn with his sleepingbagjacket and I have also won a special mention award.

After the award ceremony we all spend most of our time at the stand to talk to people that showed interest.  On Monday all the price winners visited  “IDEAS –which is a active sports design network. Later that day I went to the womeninboardsport-lunch, which was a great opportunity to hear stories from women in the business and to introduce myself. I also managed to visit Schoeller, who are revolutionary fabric manufacturing company. Later on I approached them for sponsorship of my final collection and they are willing to help me out!

Of course there were some familiar faces there as well! My friend Niina who was an exchange student at Falmouth last year also came to visit ISPO. I also went to visit Fashionpower at their stand; Fashionpower was the last company I worked for before moving to the UK to study Performance Sportswear Design.

My classmate Owen “Gaz” was also at ISPO because he had entered a competition by 686. He also was at his stand where he had 3 days to make a jacket out of worn out jackets.

On Wednesday I realised I did not see a lot of stands so my free 2 hours I went round like a maniac taking pictures and going up to stands of brands I like and introducing myself.

Wining this price has been an amazing experience.  From the phone call from Germany in October to flying out to Berlin for a photo shoot to the ISPO fair! I have learned a lot, met very interesting people and enjoyed myself. I would like to take the opportunity to thank SDBI for giving new talent the chance to show their work Special thanks to Joachim Schirrmacher, Caroline Lohne and Anja Ulrich for the great support during the activities. To the others winners; It was great sharing the stage with you and am sure we’ll meet again!

I am a little sad it is all over, but I am very much looking forward to the next big thing: creating my final collection!

Countdown to ISPO – one week to go!

Around this time next week I will be arriving in Munch for the biggest sportswear tradeshow ISPO. The SDBI, Die Stiftung der Deutschen Bekleidungsindustrie (translated the German Fashion Foundation) has invited me to come to ISPO because I am a finalist in their competition: The European Fashion Award FASH2012. All the finalists will be represented at the SDBI stand and there will be an official award ceremony Sunday the 29th at noon.

In order to have promotional material I have been to Berlin in December to do a photo shoot with all the finalist and Gregor Hohenberg, who is the house photographer of Elle Germany and has also done images for Y3 by adidas.

I have been to ISPO just to visit last year and I was overwhelmed by the size of this venue. Another thing, I have been to a lot of fashion tradeshows over the years for my work as a designer, but I never enjoyed any fair as much as I have done ISPO. There is a great relaxed atmosphere, a lot of exciting new products, great looking stands and interesting people.

As you can imagine I am very excited and simply cannot wait to get there!