Every now and then I will drag my old bones along to a fashion show, just to keep up with the names and talents that are about. Last year, I'd been to the GSA show for their textile and fashion students at SWG3. I was quite impressed by the imagination and skills that were on display, as well as with the slick format of the show itself.
I was therefore pleasantly surpised and not a little bit chuffed, to be invited along this year with a "press pass", otherwise known as a free ticket and a decent seat. The invitation had come from one of the textile students, Laura Muir, who was also featuring her knits in the show.
This year's event had moved to The Arches, a familiar location after the Nightwalks that I've been to. Given my experience of previous Nightwalks as well, I was suitably prepared with earplugs to fend off the booming bass of the accompanying music. I was shooting from the end of the catwalk, with a battery of other photographers and a couple of guys doing filming on SLRs.
The show opened with the 2nd year fashion students showing a piece each, then the 3rd year fashion students showing their tweed inspired designs. This was followed by the varied kaleidoscopy of the textile students wares, knit, print, embroidery and weave. As with any such show, some items were more eye catching than others, but they all seemed to show a degree of imagination and skill, which promises great things for those that manage to make it out in the real world.
The show has been covered extensively in the press and in blogs far and wide, so I don't want to dredge over old coals by analysing every piece. It was another smoothly run show, plenty of room for the models to walk, plently of seating (mostly) for the guests, well lit and well choreographed.
The rest of my pics from the show can be found up on Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographybyduncanholmes/sets/72157632929348122/ and on my FB pages.