During the Graduate Fashion Week in London young designers showed so many sportswear collection. Among them, we found interesting Samara Bishopp’ collection.
What about your collection – inspirations, materials, silhouettes?
My collection is a womenswear sports luxe collection for S/S 2016. It has a chic, feminine, yet sexy feel. Originally looking at an illness of someone very close to me for inspiration, this developed into looking more into the restriction and restraint that the handicap brings to his daily life.
From this, I draped four of his disability safety harnesses to create my silhouette, and combined it with the colour and mood of various photographs, resulting in six slick, fun and dynamic pieces.
I enjoyed looking at designers’ work such as Stella McCartney, Yohji Yamamoto and Alexander Wang for inspiration also.
I would say that the collection would be mainly worn by younger women but anyone could enjoy it, mixing and matching my items with perhaps some more casual fashion pieces. My main aim was to create something cheery and beautiful from such an unfortunate lifestyle and sad subject.
What about your experience at GFW and what do you expect?
GFW2015 was the most incredibly exciting few days for me, and was simply wonderful to be able to be amongst up-and-coming designers and be able to witness so much fresh talent first hand. I was grateful that my collection was selected to be shown on the catwalk, as not only is this a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, but this has also opened up so many paths for me. The vibe was fun, and the atmosphere was constantly stimulating and lively. Being amongst icons such as Julien Macdonald, Susie Lau and Gok Wan, was incredible and such a surreal part of the experience.
Your future plans and what does it mean fashion for you?
My plan for the future is to work with a challenging, enthusiastic and creative group of people in a fashion house or magazine. I am fairly open as to where I work as I am so curious and so keen to travel around experiencing various jobs and various countries. I will one day, have my own business.
Fashion for me is about creative expressionism, and showing who you truly are. Designing is a constant evolution and ongoing process, and you learn more than you think.
It is hard work, enjoyable and thrilling all at once!