Hot on the heels of Graduate Fashion Week in London, Edinburgh College of Art has done the city proud by picking up awards with fourth year collections.
Riona Horrox picked up the Menswear Award for her work entitled Jack the Lad, which featured huge Mongolian furs flung over the shoulders of her models, underneath burnt orange oversized shirts which added colour to her casual jacket and jeans.
Beside Riona’s work is Jacob Birge’s Symmetric Strategy collection. This sci-fi look to structured clothing was inspired by the relationship between computers and humans but also has a bug-like quality with its armoured lines.
Emma Hardstaff bagged the Textile Award for her pink quilted collection. Her skirt/coat combos were topped off with pink wicker hats that have a crumple texture. Emma’s skirt and hat are worn with another ECA alum’s collection in our photos. The leather pieces that have native American and Aztec influence stitched into them belong to Nicola Davidson.
When 1940s film noir meets bubblegum chic you get the combined collections of Jacquline McLardie and Katie Bremner. Floaty silk chiffon was partnered with leather tops to give a tough edge to a very feminine collection from Jacquline. Katie’s work, meanwhile, was full of fun, mixing bold colours with fringy textures.
Louise Bennet’s work was all about layering in muted tones and ochre. It had a little utilitarian feel to it, and looks great broken down to show off bare legs. Photographed with the intricate knitwear of Marie Leiknes, the bold colours of this jumper dress looked fantastic over the top of Bryony Grant’s full white skirt and pussy cat bowed, plumed sleeved denim shirt.
Farah Saffar’s fluid and fragile knits work well paired with classmate Raj Mistry’s rubber jacket, while Katarzyna Krzywania mixed sports luxe with ladylike poise in her structured orange and silver-panelled dress. This is styled with a piece from Lyndsay McNeill’s linear tailored collection in muted grey and slate tones with pops of purple.
Dan William James Prasad’s clean lines in shiny fabrics from his menswear collection added texture and depth when photographed beside Ainslie Hogg’s bright baroque women’s two-piece.
Pairing this year’s class collections together makes it easy to see why they were awarded best stand/exhibition space at the Graduate Fashion Week. Congratulations ECA.