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20th August 2020, United Kingdom

In conversation with knitwear designer and GFW award finalist Amy Goacher

© Amy Goacher.

© Amy Goacher.

Amy Goacher’s debut collection values slow fashion, British knitwear heritage and beauty held within exquisitely crafted details. Graduating from Kingston School of Art with a BA in Fashion, Amy specialised in knitwear and recalls her “obsession” with knitting came to life during her high school textiles lessons. The ability to build fabrics through knitted construction drew her to the specialism, allowing her to impact both the textiles and the silhouette of her garment designs.

Paying homage to the heritage of the British knitwear industry, Amy’s graduate collection ‘NG1200’ offers six looks. Her research began back in 2019, with a 1200 mile road trip from the South Coast of England, to Hawick in the Scottish Borders.

“I stopped at lots of ‘knitty’ venues along the way, including The Framework Knitters Museum in Nottingham, The Bradford Industrial Museum and Johnston’s of Elgin in Hawick. I was fortunate enough to gain access to the Framework Knitters library and archive, where I learned about the rich history surrounding the area. Honing in on the history of hosiery and the turbulence that the British knitwear industry faced, I wanted the collection to be a contemporary homage to its history.”

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