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Fashion graduates show off end-of-year designs
IT’S the kind of quirky eye-popping creation usually seen on Lady Gaga.
Its contours inspired by paganism, with strands of raffia and mohair dress floating from every inch, this dramatic dress designed by fashion student Dean Jennings goes on display in Brighton today.
Modelled here by Mr Jennings’ fellow fashion student Jade Cast, it is part of the final year collection, called Wheat Salt Brick and Bone, by the 23-year-old Fashion and Business graduate from the University of Brighton.
Dean said: “I'm really pleased with the dress – every piece of raffia and mohair is tied on by hand, which took me and a team days to complete.”
As part of his four-year course, Dean spent a year on a placement with the designer Gareth Pugh, whose designs have been worn by lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Beyonce.
Dean said: “You can see his influence in the exaggerated proportions of the dress and he also inspired me to move into handcrafted fashion.
“I used to live near Glastonbury and that's where the pagan element came from.”
Dean's collection and work by other Brighton art graduates are on display from today until June 15 at the University of Brighton in Grand Parade, Brighton.
For details, visit arts.brighton.ac.uk/graduateshow.
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