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13th July 2020, London

Ones to Watch: London College of Fashion’s BA Textiles: Knit Graduates

Photo credit: Seth Hutchinson, Knitted pullover from ‘Somewhere in England’ collection

Photo credit: Seth Hutchinson, Knitted pullover from ‘Somewhere in England’ collection

London College of Fashion’s BA Fashion Textiles: Knit programme nurtures creativity and technical understanding. The breadth of vision and individuality within the course is exemplified in these graduate collections, designed by students who navigated the impacts of lockdown through intuitive problem solving.

Seth Hutchinson: ‘Somewhere in England’

“Somewhere in England places focus on textural and functional design, through the lens of industrial and societal changes during the 20th century. Prioritising British sourcing and production, it implements resourceful craftsmanship, manifesting as contemporary menswear garments.”

Inspired by textures within British landscapes, ‘Somewhere in England’ is a collaborative collection between Seth and fellow LCF graduate Rob Hallett (BA Fashion Design Development). Solely responsible for the knitwear, Seth designed 3 garments. Colour pulled from the English countryside combined with wool, cashmere and merino yarns to communicate a natural narrative. Seth was grateful for the support Xinao yarns in their yarn sponsorship for some of his fabrics.

Purposefully displaying the diversity of his skills, Seth approached traditional techniques such as stitch transferring with a technical mind-set but a creative eye. Texture creation and problem-solving techniques is as enjoyable for Seth as the mathematical aspects of drafting patterns. Weeks of fabric sampling took place before garments were developed, allowing Seth to achieve optimum fabric quality before draping to inspire silhouette.

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