Monday 6 June 2016

Jessica Jeffs at Graduate Fashion Week

Fur teamed with silk are two contrasting fabrics that University of Northampton Fashion student Jessica Jeffs has married together to create her Inuit-inspired collection for this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

The 21-year-old from Northampton recently completed an internship with Hockley, a leading fur and design house based in London, after being chosen as a finalist for the British Fur Trade Association’s (BFTA) Design Competition.

She said: “I have enjoyed working with fur, even though it has been challenging at times, I like the way it can create different dimensions that you couldn’t achieve with a flatter fabric. I have mainly combined the fur with silk for my final collection and as well as the Inuit influence, I have also drawn on inspiration from the artist and sculptor, Barbara Hepworth and have created a vivid contrast, as well as great texture and depth to my pieces.

“I chose to study at the University of Northampton because I liked that you can get a taster of fashion, textiles and footwear before deciding on your final option. I have learnt a lot on my course, but the main things I will take away are the virtue of patience and how to manage my time better.”

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