Friday, 12 June 2015

ECA Degree Show 2015

Last Saturday we went along to the final day of the ECA degree show. We go every year, and normally also to the catwalk show. We didn't make the show itself because we have been such busy bees but we spent a whole afternoon trying to get a glimpse of every piece of work. The exhibition was huge and the high white rooms of Edinburgh Art College meant it was really really hot. I really need to learn to bring comfortable shoes- or split my visit over more than one day.

Our first priority was, as always, textiles, fashion, costume and jewellery. I love touching the fabrics of the textile students and the costumes at ECA are always accomplished with beautiful fun detailing and they are shown in a rather spectacular fashion- all hanging from wire mid-pose in one room.
Anyway, here's my favourites- feast your eyes on these!

Maisie Welch

These soft jewel coloured resin jewels were the first thing to attract my eye. I love how dreamy the opaque material is, how soft and jelly-like it appears, although it is sharp and geometric, and I know it is solid. I love a tactile quality to anything. Touchy touchy. The pieces moulded within add a further dimension. These are real show stoppers.
Another jeweller I absolutely loved was Natalie Adams - acrylic and spirograph-style jewellery was a beautiful colour-fade nod to the satisfaction of symmetric geometry and circles.

 Holly Prescott

This is my number one favourite because, well, look at it. Sumptuous fabric, lavish embellishment and harking back to early Holllywood in all its art deco glory. It could have been my wedding dress- and now I have to live with the fact it wasn't. If you haven't fallen in love with it already, it was designed for the Grimms brother fairytale The Golden Bird. Just magnificent.

Jenni Thomson

Immediately eye-catching, this part kawaii, part creepy skulking around the runway, these pieces are fun and fantastical- just as costume should be. The pieces are just brilliant and when we watching the catwalk stream, the lime green fringing on the matching platform shoes swished daintily to add some movement to what could be a cumbersome outfit. So delightful!
I also loved the patchwork fur, heavy wings and cats of Tilly Hilton Jones collection, based on one of my favourite novels, Angela Carter's Night's at the Circus.


The Naked Parade is a print that I NEED in my house! The display was that of a modern bathroom, with many coordinating versions of the print. My favourite was the shower curtain version but I came away with only a couple of small card versions that I plan to frame. For me, this is one to watch for future wishlist items!

Solanne Bernard

These to me were very modern and current; the stark visual of the controlled environment strikes a chord with me, as some plants are nurtured with water and others are shriveled by bleach. I wish they'd had a larger space because I think it would've been outstanding as a larger scale piece.

So, what did I wear?
Top | GAP
Jeans | Primark
Shoes | Zara
Handbag | Accessorize
Brooch | Jode Pankhurst
Name necklace | Tatty Devine
Pompom earrings | Made by Helen

Quite a simple outfit for me- I went for a breton stripe but added a bit of interest with my creepy wasp shoes and of course I had to wear my ugly girl brooch that I picked up from a previous ECA degree show. Jode Pankhurst is still a favourite in my books! I think this shows how important it is to visit art degree shows- as well as getting inspired by seeing other designers' processes you get a chance to see the upcoming talent and pick up their early pieces at a snip!

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