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Angela Syrett Roper

MA work

The Forgotten Army

"We marched from Nakom Paton to the airstrip at Bangkok (with no transport) got onto a Dakota and flew to Rangoon, a few days in hospital there, then embarked on the Corfew on 13th Sept 1945, set sail for home on 14th Sept 1945 arrived home via the Suez Canal and the Med on the 9th Oct 1945 at Southampton.

We we rekitted on Southampton common and bedded down. Rewoken at about midnight and told there was a train leaving for Ipswich almost immediately which I caught – arrived at Ipswich in the early hours of the next day. Then taken home by car. I arrived at Wingfield before day break on the 10th October 1945.

This was the first they had heard from me since the first week in October 1941. They (my family) thought I was dead."

– Jack Syrett


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Fashion Menswear, 2015

  • “One of the fondest memories I have of my family is the long rack of coats and jackets hanging in the dairy at 'The Farm' ”

    My work originates from my grandfather’s military service in the Second World War as a prisoner of war in Burma. This experience intertwines with my childhood memories of him dressed in workwear when farming in the Norfolk countryside.

    I was interested in the merging of the two, questioning the flatness of the hanging garments and the purpose-built military uniforms. This has informed my design process, silhouettes, techniques and authenticity of my work.

    My aim as a menswear designer is to continue to discover authentic workwear techniques, specialising in cottons and denims.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Fashion, Middlesex University, 2013
  • Experience

  • Studio Assistant, Nasir Mazhar, 2011–15 ; Internship, Lulu & Co, 2012
  • Awards

  • Brioni Tailoring Award: Suitability, 2014 ; Albini & Robert Emmet, Rethinking the Formal Shirt, 2014