An Eden fashion graduate has been picked to have her work showcased in a live streamed London Fashion Week graduate show.
Hannah Holdsworth, from Long Marton, graduated earlier this year with a fashion degree, specialising in print design, after four years at Northumberland University.
She was one of three students selected from her university to have her designs put on display in the Graduate Fashion Foundation class of 2020 showcase which has been set up in Kings Cross, London, and took to the catwalk in a show live streamed to industry experts and scouts.
The prestigious show aims to explore the brightest talent from the foundation’s UK and international universities and had 300 diverse looks on show from 150 graduates, alongside their portfolios.
Hannah’s final collection which was put before fashion bigwigs was entitled MY LOVER.
Hannah, aged 22, said: “The concept went from 1970s Rod Stewart and his stage presence and the 70s vibe mixed with his Scottish heritage so I was looking at World War One traditional military dress uniform.
“Rod Stewart is a massive fan of Celtic Football Club so I looked at 1970s football uniform and sportswear all mixed together with psychadelia.
“I focused a lot on areas of Rod Stewart’s heritage and mixed it with my own family heritage.”
The outcome was two menswear looks which Hannah fully screenprinted by hand to be part of the catwalk show.
The first outfit she described as a jacket with long scarf and fully printed shorts, sweatshirt, long socks and football inspired shoes.
The second is a printed polo shirt with a jumper bearing a crest on the reverse which was a mixture of both Rod Stewart’s family crest and Hannah’s family crest, again worn with football shorts.
“I’m extremely excited, it feels like it’s the biggest thing that has ever happened to me.
“It’s a huge recognition for what I’ve achieved at university.” Hannah added that being part of the London Fashion Week graduate show gives her a chance to spread her name further and allow people to see what she can do.
For 29 years, the Graduate Fashion Foundation has been there to support the next generation of creative talent as they conclude their degrees and begin their careers.
The charity has helped in launching the careers of some of the most successful designers of our time including Christopher Bailey MBE, Stella McCartney, Giles Deacon, Matthew Williamson and Julien MacDonald.
The daughter of David and Anne Holdsworth, Hannah is a former Appleby Grammar School pupil and during the COVID-19 outbreak has been putting her design skills to good use to produce so far nearly 1,000 facemasks.