Lauren Wakelam – England

Title Piece: Structured Heritage

Lauren is an undergraduate student in the final year of her Honours degree in fashion studies at the University of Derby. While at university, she has gained many skills including pattern cutting, manufacturing, CAD design, illustration and print. She has recently worked two internships with George at ASDA and New Look. Whilst working for these companies she gained various skills as well as having the opportunity of working within the fashion industry and exploring how both companies work. Fashion is her main interest as she feels that it continuously develops and, for Lauren, it demonstrates the statement of empowerment that fashion has on the world.

Lauren was inspired by Scottish heritage and culture. She expanded her research into these two areas and found great inspiration from the use of tartan, architectural heritage and transport from the 20th century. These have influenced her designs, leading to these elements being translated into her designs in order to focus upon attention to detail.

Lauren entered this competition as she enjoys using new materials and being able to produce unique, interesting garment designs – with the Greyfriars Tartan as the main design element – has become a great interest of hers.

Lauren’s collection consists of four autumn/winter outfits. Each outfit includes a wide variety of detail which has been inspired by the Scottish culture and traditions. The first outfit consists of a sleeveless top, including panelling and layering of material, and straight leg trousers with pocket detail. The second outfit will include a panelled shirt with a fitted pencil skirt. The third outfit consists of a sleeveless dress, including panelling, and the fourth outfit includes an off-the-shoulder dress with centre panelling plus an oversized coat which could be worn with either outfit. Panelling and layering of materials are the main two elements within this collection, along with the use of Greyfriars Tartan. The colour palette is linked with the colours within the tartan material.