Fashion Plumage | Influences from Nature


Fashion Trend | Graduate Fashion Week 2017

Kensington: The Roof Gardens

There were plenty of ideas taken from nature for some of the graduate’s collections. A spectrum of vibrate colour in summer bloom exploding before your very eyes.

When visiting Kensington Roof Gardens, I couldn’t help but compare the ideas behind the graduate fashion collections I saw with the plants and birds at the gardens.

From colour, texture to shape and sound the natural world is a great source of inspiration for a designer. There were a variety of ways nature had been interpreted in the fashion collections. Textiles became bolder, making statement lasting impression with layering, materials and shape.Here are some of the designers from Graduate Fashion Week and the Royal College of Art I felt maybe not intentionally created the collections that captured the look, feel and mood of The Kensington Roof Gardens.

Abisola Akanni

Han Kim

Emma Rose Burgess

Rosie Dandford-Phillips

Frankie Dean

For me, there were three distinctive themes or trends that stood out to me at the shows. Plumage – the use of feathers and use of layering plastic. Pattern – Geometric tribal and three dimensional. Colour – clashing and vibrant.

What creative way have you been inspired by nature?


Kensington: The Roof Gardens | RCA | Graduate Fashion Week

Designers featured: Abisola Akanni | Han Kim | Emma Rose Burgess


 Rosie Dandford-Phillips

Frankie Dean | Edinburgh College of Art


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