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Graduate Fashion Designer Troy Cooper

Fashion Designer Troy Cooper is a graduate of UCLAN, now completing a Masters at the London college of Fashion.

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‘The concept that inspired my collection was a lampshade acquired from a flea market. Steering clear of using the shape of the lampshade, it was the pleats that was my main focus point. Powerful floor length sculptural panels and arced shoulders were the main silhouette component in my graduate collection. Intricate pleating and folding using Neoprene jersey enhanced the physical look of the folds while slashes of patent leather add light and movement to the collection. Base colours of Cream with dark contrast tones of navy blues and reds enclosed within the pleats accentuate the appearance of them as though they’re roaming free from the body. Working on the stand, using drape and moulage is how I work best. I need to physically see something in front of me on a mannequin, so I can touch, drape & manipulate the fabric to create silhouettes before I’m able to pattern cut.

I consider myself to be a practical hands on designer, in the digital world we live in, where CAD is favored upon by the majority of young designers today, I prefer to use cut and stick methods. I believe it allows you to use your hands more, you can collage, move around shapes, play with scale and hand illustrate on top turning a collage into a design.’

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‘Japanese designers like Comme Des Garçons are a great source of inspiration to me. The whole notion of redefining the concept of clothing and the uniqueness that lies in the way they deconstruct existing rules of clothing and reconstruct their own interpretation of what fashion is and what fashion can be fascinates me. Although Japanese clothing is seen more as an ‘art form’ rather than fashion, I guess that’s how you would define my designs also. I love designing Avant-garde fashion for that specific muse in mind who lives and breathes high-end fashion.’

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‘Doing my Masters at London college of Fashion is a very exciting prospect. After studying my BA in fashion from more of a practical side, I feel doing this course would benefit me, giving me the skills to thrive in the fashion industry for the future. Deliberating the fashion futures course structure and finding out how I would be seeing fashion through a philosophical point of view, learning how to research throughly and develop real theoretical concepts only excites me more for the up and coming challenges ahead of me.’

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