In the run-up to the release of the seventh Star Wars film, Selfridges launched the runway collections to raise money for the Great Ormond Street Hospital, which will receive all of the proceeds from the designs.
Claire Barrow, who graduated from the University in 2012 and has just been awarded the British Fashion Council’s NEWGEN award for a second season, unveiled two looks as part of the collection.
Her futuristic designs were inspired by Captain Phasma, played by Gwendoline Christie in the new movie, as well as the lightspeed effect, which is how stars look when someone travels through hyperspace in the film.
Claire, who joined designers Phoebe English, Bobby Abley, and Agi and Sam in creating the unique collection, told the Evening Standard: “The films sparked my interest in science fiction and soon became a source of inspiration.”
For the first design, she created a floor-length hooded gown made from silver silk emblazoned with motifs of Stormtroopers, hand-painted in her trademark style. The second look is also hooded, embellished with over 10,000 Swarovski crystals and fitted with a bionic arm. The influence of lightspeed shows in the twinkling lights that blast up the arm, and the 3D-printed windows on the hand reference the Millennium Falcon. The designs bring together the futuristic Star Wars theme and the DIY punk aesthetic that is a signature of Claire, writes Dazed.
The University’s Fashion Design BA Honours course is renowned for continually producing individually distinctive, creative designers of the highest calibre, who work across all levels of the international fashion industry.