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Fashion Designer Collette Dobson

A fashion studies graduate from Derby University, Collette Dobson has a wonderful project ‘Transparent Light’ which we are showcasing along with finding out more about her style and work.

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“My secondary education was an expressive arts school, where art was one of the main subjects as well as music and drama, this is where I began to find my enthusiasm for art and fashion. When it came to decide my GCSE’s I didn’t hesitate to choose textiles, in those two years I learnt the basic skills in both designing and creating my own garments and other textiles. This encouraged me to enhance and pursue my knowledge and skills in fashion design, so I then went on to college to study the BTEC national diploma in fashion and clothing. With my ever growing hunger to gain new skills and knowledge. I realised that this is what I wanted to do as career. Whilst studying at college, I looked into the courses at university this is where I came across the opportunity at Derby University, which was a BA honours course in fashion studies, which I thought “PERFECT!”

The three years have been such an experience as well as extremely educational and helped me expand my creativity which I believe you can see within my work as it shows how much I have progressed, improved, and grown as a designer. I am now happy to say that I am leaving university of derby not only with a handful of skills to set me on my way but with a first class honors in fashion studies as well.”

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“For my graduate collection I designed and made a four-piece collection called Transparent Light. This different innovative collection, which incorporates the use of LED lights to enhance elements of the individual garments. This collection has been inspired by the shape and form of the jellyfish and has been influenced by the transparency of the main body with the illuminating colourful glows.

The print showcases the initial research and photography from a trip I took to The Deep aquarium in Hull, which has been reformed to create a unique and interesting pattern. Also incorporating silicone rubber into the garments, to represent the jellyfish and to follow and complement the contour of the body.”

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Collette Dobson Website | @ColletteDobo