This week at the mill we were joined by Claire Susan Hartley, a fashion student who we’re sure will make waves in the fashion industry in coming years. This is her story….
I am a final year student at Nottingham Trent University studying Fashion Knitwear Design. My collection combines the best of old and new knitting technology focussing on the roots of the British knitwear industry. I have created a luxury underwear as outerwear collection from pre- consumer waste, donated by John Smedley. I have adopted a zero waste policy and therefore all rules and previous theory on creating garments has had to be abandoned. I have adapted my thinking and consequently designed to confront the problems with more traditional methods of production. I have created garments with zero waste and used what is laser cut away within other garments. One garment evolves onto the next using the waste from the previous and so the journey begins.
The photo shoot on monday was a great success and there is no better backdrop than that of my initial inspiration, the home of British Knitwear, John Smedley. Thank you to all at John Smedley for all their support.
Photographer: Saul Morgan
Stylist: Sedge Beswick
Hair and Make up: Holly Mcdade
Models: Alice Jeffrey and Sacha Morrall
John Smedley wish Claire the best of luck in her future career.