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Fashion students shine at Hoxton Arches

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'Process East' showcases fashion design and textiles work

UEL fashion celebrated the beautiful and the good last week with a multi-day showcase at east London’s Hoxton Arches.

Process East included an exhibition and catwalk show of graduating students’ work, an auction that raised over £1,600 and a reception for industry insiders that drew some of London’s hottest young design talent.

Karen Ferry, a technical associate in the fashion and textiles programme, said: “It looks amazing. It’s very welcoming, and it looks really upmarket. The atmosphere is really cool. It’s a great place to have a showcase of students’ work.” 

UEL alumna Jenny Bourne, whose CV includes designing for Spanish fashion label Zara, took in the industry event as part of a research trip to east London. Jenny now designs outerwear and swimwear for Lost Ink, a new fashion label sold at places such as Asos and House of Fraser. She said it was exciting to be at Process East.

“You watch the presentation and you think back to how you started and how your ideas came about in the beginning,” said Jenny. “It’s nice to see things from that viewpoint and be inspired again.” 

Textiles student Natasha Greenwood was among the students showing off their work. She entitled her project Abrasive Panorama.

“I’ve tried to find an innovative way to translate textures from 2D to 3D,” Natasha explained.

Georgia Leslie, another textiles student, created a project based on the bible’s seven deadly sins. Georgia said she tried to go beyond the superficial meaning of each sin.

Greed was demonstrated with a blue jumper imprinted with waves. 

“The waves represent a tsunami,” she said. “People’s greed causes pollution, which causes disasters.” 

UEL fashion heads to the catwalk again this weekend with a show at the prestigious Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) on 5 July. GFW runs from 5-8 June at Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane in Shoreditch.