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Holly Cowan

MA work

My approach to accessories is structural and spatial. I build and reinvent forms to create continuous lines, internal spaces and elaborate constructions. Forms are engineered to fit the body and are sculpturally dramatic.

My final collection focuses on creating body conscious and ergonomic bags inspired by architectural spaces. I have been working collaboratively with Sarah Angold (2nd year, Textiles) on surface texture and Nicolau Faria (2nd year, Architecture) on clasps and mechanisms to bring graphic definition to the collection.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Design

    Programme

    MA Fashion Womenswear, 2008

    Specialism

    Accessories

  • My approach to accessories is structural and spatial. I build and reinvent forms to create continuous lines, internal spaces and elaborate constructions. Forms are engineered to fit the body and are sculpturally dramatic.

    My final collection focuses on creating body conscious and ergonomic bags inspired by architectural spaces. I have been working collaboratively with Sarah Angold (2nd year, Textiles) on surface texture and Nicolau Faria (2nd year, Architecture) on clasps and mechanisms to bring graphic definition to the collection.

  • Degrees

  • Diploma in Cordwainers Fashion Accessories, London College of Fashion, 2006; BA (Hons) Drama, Bristol University, 2004
  • Experience

  • Designer, Heatherwick Studio, London, 2007; Assistant Office Manager, Lulu Guinness, London, 2006; Work Placement with production team, Lulu Guinness, London, 2006; Assistant Manager, NINE Chichester Street (formerly Michelle O'Doherty), Belfast, 2004-5
  • Exhibitions

  • The Bag Show, Designed and Made Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2008; Fashion and Textiles Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, 2008; The Bag Show, Flow Gallery, London, 2007; Fashion and Textiles Work in Progress, Royal College of Art, 2006
  • Awards

  • Finalist, Student Accessories Designer of the Year, Finalist in Student Accessories Designer of the Year at the Drapers Footwear Awards, 2006; First Prize, “Link it, Lock it” competition in association with the Girdlers' Company Charitable Trust (Cordwainers at London College of Fashion), 2006