Tessuti Sportswear and Leisurewear Award Winner: Katherine Jayne Watts – Portsmouth University

Tessuti Sportswear and Leisurewear Award Winner: Katherine Jayne Watts – Portsmouth University

We caught up with the winner of the Graduate Fashion Week, Sportswear and Leisurewear award Katherine Jayne Watts, to discover more about her award-winning designs. Including her first point of inspiration for the collection, the trends which interest and entertain her the most at the moment. As well as how she thinks the young graduates of today can change the fashion industry for the better. 

The inspiration for the collection was gathered from her own heritage, specifically her grandfather’s sailing life jackets. Using this as a focal point of her designs, Katherine intertwined nautical references of maps that were used to navigate the oceans and the ropes from the sails in the collection.

One theme apparent this year is sustainably and the need to re-use our clothing. This is only evident in the graduate collections as many along with Katherine, channelled this into the creative designs. When asked how she thinks the young generations of today can change the fashion industry in the future, Katherine suggested that students and consumers be more cautious with the brands they choose to shop at and how these brands produce their collections. From the dyeing of the fabrications to waste materials, brands need to make a conscious effort to be more environmentally friendly in order to be successful in the future. 

This year’s Graduate Fashion Week was a huge success, not only for the brands involved but for the vast number of talented students that showcased their creative works. Along with our winner, Katherine it will be exciting to see what the fashion industry holds for these graduates. 

Discover the interview with Katherine Watts, the winner of the Sportswear and Leisurewear award here

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