Young local fashion designers are returning to the Island this week to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
MakeMarket: A Creative Industries Takeover has invited Bethany Williams, Alice Fayle and Lisa Angwin back to the Market Hall to talk about their blossoming careers, how they are making it in the competitive fashion world, and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.
All three women were educated on the Island before heading to specialist design and fashion colleges in the UK. And since graduating, their work has been seen on the catwalks in London and Milan, been referenced by influential fashion bloggers, featured in established magazines, and shared across the world.
Bethany Williams partnered with Tesco and Vauxhall Food Bank to create a completely recycled collection titled ‘Breadline’ for her London Fashion College MA graduate show this year to great acclaim from the fashion press. Alice Fayle, who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design from Ravensbourne in 2012 and now works as a freelance textile and fashion designer, has recently produced print designs for Bally, Etro, The Kooples and Billabong. Established designer and stylist Lisa Angwin specialises in working with influential women in the music industry for shoots, appearances and tours, and also won the ‘Pitch It’ competition with an astonishing 50% of the vote from on- and off-Island judges at IsleExpo earlier this year.
“We are delighted to make this very exciting, continually evolving Creative Industry part of MakeMarket,” says organiser Sam Jones. “From the beginning of the project we wanted to promote the whole Creative Industries sector and show off the amazing creative talent there is here: Bethany, Alice and Lisa are just three of the successful fashion designers the Island has produced. They all took advantage of what the Island offers to develop their talents and skills and have gone on to some real great things for women so young. Creative opportunities are here for the taking – if Lisa, Bethany and Alice can encourage other young artists and designers to do what they’ve done, then the Creative Industries in the Island will continue to thrive.”
On Thursday 18 August there will be an evening of quick-fire presentations during which Lisa, Bethany and Alice, along with current fashion design students Holly Williamson and Emily-Jane Bell will talk about their industry experience and evolving portfolios. An informal panel discussion following the presentations will explore the challenges, paths and opportunities offered through a career in fashion giving visitors and students the opportunity to meet the designers and ask questions. Healthy and delicious refreshments from local drinks brand Roots Beverage Company will also be available.
On Friday 19 August, and in keeping with the pop-up ethos of MakeMarket, the Market Hall will be taken over by a ‘hands-on’ exhibition and demonstration area with designer stands, collections, clothing, and opportunities for visitors to learn the tricks of the trade from the experts and try their hand at relevant skills and techniques.
“We’d like visitors to feel inspired not overwhelmed,” continues Sam. “All our experts will be on hand to encourage anyone, of whatever age, and at whatever stage in their career. It promises to be an exciting opportunity for all those interested in fashion, whether you’re a budding designer, you make your own clothes or even if you just love following the trends to update your own wardrobe.”
Full details of the fashion programme – entry is free of charge – and all the exciting pop-up events at the Market Hall can be found on the MakeMarket Facebook page www.facebook.com/MakeMarketIOM, and you can follow @MakeMarketIOM on twitter to get up to date notifications.
MakeMarket: A Creative Industries Takeover is supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council, Department of Economic Development, Culture Vannin, Manx Lottery Trust and UCM. The initiative is being co-ordinated by UCM and local events and marketing consultancy Revel.