Northamptonshire-born Rose Canham’s graduate Knitwear collection tells a narrative of ancient Romans meet post apocalyptic aliens. With a year’s experience at Celine Paris under her belt, Canham exudes originality. For the collection she wrote a story, inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem ‘On The Pulse of Morning’, and created collages of various objects and textures to illustrate the tale. As a focal point in her process, Canham collated materials such as ‘plastic aubergines from an Asian shop in East London, and rugs and medals from charity shops’ to use for her garments. ‘I just enjoy making things,’ the young designer emphasised, ‘I like making weird gold stuff out of clay and putting things together’. Her vision was complete with a film paying homage to the Icelandic music group Dada Pogrom’s track ‘Starnja’ that brought her creations to life. With a drive to fashion the fantastical, styling or set design are what Rose Canham hopes to explore.
Pia Brynteson, BA (Hons) Fashion Journalism