Physics Meets Fashion: 2015 FAD Competition Final

Fashion students from universities across the UK will showcase their physics inspired designs at London Fashion Week as they go head-to-head in the 2015 FAD Competition final.

The catwalk final will take place tomorrow 24th February at Fashion Scout, Covent Garden, and will see the shortlisted designers compete for £1000 and a top industry placement.

This year FAD challenged students to design a mini-collection of two outfits, menswear or womenswear, which explore the commonalities of physics and design. The 17 young finalists were selected from over 150 student entries shortlisted from 40 UK colleges and universities.

Inspired by a breath of physics theories, many finalists have adopted a scientist’s approach to secure their place in this year’s final. Prash Muraleetharan (University of Brighton) uses fibres treated with thermochromic and photochromic layered dyes to create garments which alter in reaction to a physical or emotional condition, while Katarina Lindell (UCA Rochester) explores otherwise unseen natural morphogenetic processes in her crystallized men’s tailoring. In a similar vein Robyn Yeang’s (London College of Fashion) bio-degradable womenswear takes its cue from Environmental Physics and The Butterfly Effect, while Christopher Clarke’s (Manchester School of Art) tongue-in-cheek entry is inspired by the Yarkovsky effect and 1950’s cold war culture.Reflecting on this year’s physics brief the finalists said: “The brief really opened my eyes to an area of inspiration which I perhaps would have normally overlooked.” Christopher Clarke

“FAD had a really interesting brief this year. The chance to work with an unexpected, non- fashion topic like physics is really inspiring. I thought out of all the competitions out there, FAD would be the most fun and challenging for me.” Clarise Itoriaga

The finalists had until the end of January to create their garments for the London Fashion Week catwalk. Their entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including Geraldine Cox, Physics Artist in Residence Imperial College;

Tamsin Blanchard, Fashion Features Director at the Telegraph Magazine, who will select one overall winner and two runners up.

Now in its 14th year the FAD Competition continues to challenge fashion students to think outside the commercial box; encouraging them to look to art, culture and wider social trends for inspiration. Previous FAD Competition finalists include acclaimed womenswear designer David Koma; 2014 RCA Graduate and ‘One to Watch’ Emma Hardstaff, and 2010 Graduate Fashion Week winner Rebecca Thomson.

Christopher-Clarke Francesca-Phipps Johnson-Deng

The Finalists are :

1 Katarina Lindell from UCA Rochester

2 Ashley Patterson from Bath Spa

3 Alexandra Abercombie from Manchester Metropolitan University

4 Christopher Clarke from Manchester School of Art

5 Clarise Itoriaga from Manchester Metropolitan University

6 Rachael McMurray from Glasgow School of Art

7 Johnson Deng from Kingston University

8 Juniper Lai from London College of Fashion

9 Robyn Yeang from London College of Fashion

10 Prash Muraleetharan from University of Brighton

11 Eleanor Carless from University of Brighton

12 Olivia Overton from University of Middlesex

13 Catriona Pringle from De Montfort University

14 Francesca Phipps from De Montfort University

15 Yeeun Park from Nottingham Trent University

16 Alice Polley from Arts University Bournemouth

17 Lucy Day from Colchester School of Art

The Winner will receive : £1,000

2 x Runners-up: £500

All winners will also receive a free graduate collection photoshoot sponsored by Speos London

Good luck to all taking part and we can not wait to see the final pieces.