New design talent at Graduate Fashion Week: part 2Monday, 30 May 2011
Harriet Blackwell, is from Southampton Solent University, where she has focused on Womenswear.
The main inspiration behind Blackwell’s graduate collection are the Japanese concepts of ‘Wabi Sabi’ and ‘Ma.’ These explore negative space and the idea of finding beauty through imperfection. Such ancient references are juxtaposed with luxury sportswear influences to add a modern edge. The work of globally acclaimed, convention challenging Japanese designer, Yohji Yamamoto, is a constant influence on this young designer’s aesthetic.
Look out for: her really good drawing ability, juxtaposition of fitted and oversized shapes, contrasting heavy, light fabrics of cotton and polyester, panelling and a sporty theme.
Ambitions and goals: To establish ‘myself as a serious womenswear designer.’
Blackwell says: ‘It’s anxious leading up to any event, but GFW is now so huge and gains such attention that I do feel under pressure. However as the event is such a huge platform for emerging designers, it also feels an honour to be included and exciting to finally show the collection I have been living and breathing for months on end. To be able to show my final work to the industry is hugely rewarding. I do have that underlying worry that something will go wrong on the actual day, but you can only prepare as best you can. Ultimately what will be will be. I am strong believer in everything happens for a reason, so I am going to try and focus on enjoying the experience, rather than stressing too much – it might be easier said than done though!’