Saturday, 25 June 2011

Northampton University graduate fashion catwalk

This week I attended Northampton University's annual graduate fashion show.

An old school friend of mine was showing her collection, so I went along to the VIP bits as her plus one.

Really amazing mix of fashion design, there was a bit of everything! Many moods, colours, styles, shapes, and textures. Lots of very impressive collections, least of all my friend Ayse's. Very proud friend!
I want to share her talent and some of the other students' collections... here are my faves from the show (it was so hard to pick!)

 Both from Ayse's collection. Thin calf hide leather capes, - especially beautiful on the ebony models.
 Another favourite for simplicity and crisp lines, lots of flounces, very feminine.

 This one definately inspired me - knitted plastic tubing, very sculptural, loved it!

Here is a news report and video published on the event...

All images above  © Claire Fitzjohn 2011

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Press appearance in "Tea & Textiles Zine"

I have appeared in an online journal as "One to Watch" in a magazine called Tea & Textiles ine
The piece is a short blurb about me and my work...... page 16

Tea & Textiles -
"A lovely little zine to showcase the undiscovered talent of the craft & textiles world; light - hearted reading for everyone to enjoy, served best with a pot of tea and piece of cake."

Saturday, 18 June 2011

DMU Art & Design Degree Show

Last night was opening night of our university Art & Design degree show, 
an exhibition from today until Thursday, to showcase this year's graduating Art & Design students and their final projects.

The evening was a memorable one,  with Fletcher building bursting at the seams with excitement and anticipation. A very proud moment.

Admission is free throughout the week, so if you're near Leicester, take a look!

Here is my own stand displays and final collection....

"This spectacular end-of-year exhibition showcases the next generation of artists and designers and receives over 4000 visitors, including potential employers"

Courses exhibiting include:
  • Fine Art
  • Textile Design
  • Fashion Fabrics and Accessories
  • Product Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Retail Buying
  • Fashion Technology
  • Animation
  • Architecture
  • Photography and video
  • Contour fashion
  • Graphics (and illustration/photography)
  • Design Management and Innovation
  • Design crafts
  • Footwear
  • Furniture
  • Game art design
  • Interior design

Opening times

Saturday 18 June – Thursday 23 June 
Weekends: Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Weekdays: Monday 20 – Thursday 23 June, 10.00am – 5.00pm 

All images copyright  © Claire Fitzjohn 2011

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Fernanda Pereira

Beautiful fashion and accessory design, lots of pleating, texture and extravagance! 
Just how I like it!

"Influenced by everything that moves...
Fernanda studied fashion design and
styling in Lisbon and London.
she runs her own shop in Lisbon
where she sells mostly her limited
edition/unique pieces.each piece
encapsulates her working ethic,
which is basically a genuine love for
creating.The beauty of each
piece in this collection and past ones
is their ability to bring to the surface each persons individuality."

 Images and information courtesy of

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Collection Photoshoot

I have been busy making more neck pieces and capes for my collection as degree show is looming!

A couple of things have changed during making these pieces, including my sudden want to shoot my neck pieces for menswear accessories as well as womenswear.
So yesterday I conducted a shoot of my products with male and female looks.

Here are some combined and single images I took for my portfolio.... enjoy!

All images copyright Claire Fitzjohn 2011

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Graduate Fashion Week favourites

The Arts thread blog on Graduate Fashion Week has kept all those with a passion for fashion updated throughout the week with GFW updates.

I have been following it, as I wasn't able to visit GFW this year and loooooove some of the catwalk collections from various universities....

Katie Urban, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design
Beautiful feminine flounces and frills, love the shaping and silhoettes.

 Estée Anna Lindley, University of Central Lancashire
 University of central Lancashire (the central model you may recognise from my Fabrice shoot promotional image)

Elaine Yeoh, UWE Bristol
Neat bit of leather origami!

Sarah Brigginshaw, The Arts University College at Bournemouth
Bringing fun and laughter to the catwalk with these little people creations, great styling.

Olivia Deeney, Kerri Goulden, University of Salford
Beautiful and delicate with a bit of accessory extravagance!

All images courtesy of Arts thread blog

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Digital prints added to the collection

Some newbie digital prints I created today to add to the "Freedom of Flight" collection of fabrics and accessories for fashion.....

A1 sublimation prints on polyester duchess satin

All images and designs copyright Claire Fitzjohn 2011

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Graduate Fashion Week appearance!

Two of my neckpieces will be featured in this year's De Montfort University stand at Graduate Fashion Week in London this week.

Look out for the monochrome style stand with neon lighting, these two babies will be exhibited along with my business cards, CVs and boards in the DMU Fashion Fabrics and Textile Design portfolio.

Graduate Fashion Week website

DMU GFW event page

Neck piece images copyright Claire Fitzjohn 2011