Rachel Capper, Manchester Metropolitan University, was a finalist in the 2011 FAD Competition at Vauxhall Fashion Scout in February. She will be one of the many FAD students showcasing at Graduate Fashion Week next month (5th – 9th June) and will be following in the footsteps of 2010 FAD finalist Rebecca Thomson by joining The Royal College of Art in September to start a Fashion MA.
Named as one to watch by Who’s Jack Magazine, and also recently featured in Disorder Magazine, Rachel’s graduate collection takes it’s inspiration from Japanese culture
“My final collection is about the quest for a new beauty, outside the parameters of traditional Western perfection. The Japanese refer to ‘Wabi Sabi. A beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete… a beauty of things modest and humble… a beauty of things unconventional.
The most humble of all; the man’s white shirt is the starting point of the collection, while a Japanese ‘kaniginu’ led to the use of the foam tubes which encourage the fabric to drape in deep, modern gathers. Trousers are treated as tunnels, cut in ‘S’ shapes so that the fabric distorts on the leg. The resulting silhouette has an awkward quality, an indication of the strength of the woman wearing the clothes.”