Polytechnic West – UMBRA


I have only been to one Polytechnic West show and it was years ago so I had no idea of what to expect. At the time I had been in the throes of costume work for the web series Ashbeclee (which you should be watching btw – check it out HERE) and so pulling myself away to wear the SV hat during that busy time was a bit hard. If I’m honest, I only attended this show because my beautiful costume assistant who has helped me on various film productions over the years, Holly Mumford was a student graduating. She has literally told me about her course for 3 years so how could I not see her graduate! Her collection was something I needed to see in the flesh and I was so glad to have made it.

I genuinely had no expectations for the quality of work on display and it wasn’t even because of this that I was impressed. The students really and truly did a fabulous job with some genuine talent on show for all to see at Claremont Showgrounds. I’m sure it is a testament to the teaching quality at PW also. Unfortunately it was VERY hard for me to get the sort of photos that I like to take, from backstage of course, as every single person working on the show tried to block my access at every turn. Again it is because of my loyalty to Holly that I stayed and didn’t give up entirely but I still did manage to get some great coverage and I’m sure you will enjoy it very much!

From all the grad shows I have seen this year, it is clear to say that Polytechnic West is a genuine option for students wanting to forge a career path in fashion design. The quality of their ideas and work was up there with the best of those who graduated from the slew of Fashion & Textile courses this year. Well done all!


Beautiful Holly Mumford and one of her models, Holly’s collection is also featured above and below before the models walked the runway.

I don’t know the names of all of the designers so if anyone would like to comment, please feel free to fill me in.

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Beautiful, ethereal brides by Jasmine Nash, above, below and under

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Mason Roberts wearing Claudia Fallon paired with a gas mask, as you do!


Stunning lingerie inspired ensembles by Rosemaree White


Miquela Vos wearing Rosemaree White, also below – blurry but still worth it! How gorgeous!

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Gwen Owen wearing Jessica Jones


Bridget Flint also wearing Jessica Jones and below

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The Wicked witches from the West, also by Jessica Jones who absolutely killed it! Bravo


All of the stunning models from Vivien’s Model Management

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx


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