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Westminster graduate, Claire Barrow presents at London Fashion Week

Fashion 18 September 2012

Claire Barrow, Fashion Design BA Honours graduate from the University of Westminster "stole the show" at London Fashion week it was reported in the Evening Standard, 15 September.

The evening standard article reported:

"But it was Westminster graduate Claire Barrow who stole the show. Having graduated just four months ago, the young designer expanded her designs from the hand-painted leather jackets - as worn by Rihanna and Jessie J - that first brought her to the attention of the industry, with the inclusion of embroidered silk dresses and crafted latex trousers, dresses and dungarees - the latter of which was also modelled by the designer.

Describing the experience as the "best opportunity (she's) ever had", Barrow presented her unisex collection, inspired by rebels in history, in a wooden panelled saloon-style room."

The full article can be read following this link to the Evening standard website.

Quotes from other sources


"And from the saccharine to the severe, you have to have a punk edge if you want to be in Claire Barrow's gang. Making her LFW debut, Westminster fashion graduate Barrow is already a name to know thanks to her degree collection, which put her on the map for her custom leathers. Today she built upon that with illustrated separates of Fifities cropped proportions - jackets and shirts, raincoats and skirts. These are clothes for rebels at heart and are to be worn with a disaffected nonchalance. Barrow's already a fashion radar name and it will be interesting to see what she does with that next."

View online article at Vogue website

"On the other hand, there was Claire Barrow, the recent Westminster graduate whose collection had a literal debt to the strong stuff: Garments were inspired by and named after tequila, bourbon, martini, gin, and absinthe. Here, there was a fifties rockabilly sensibility that actually pointed to the designer's interest in punk. "Punk looked back to this time to get those basic rhythms back," she said of her music choice. Equally, she looked back to go forward in the fashion she has been making. Skipping nostalgia for something more sinister and enigmatic, Barrow put her boys and girls in rubber dungarees, hand-illustrated leather jackets, and odd rainwear. She hoped her gang defied some easy explanation, and it worked, in a good way."

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