It’s off to the races with Shan Nielsen-Talbot’s graduate collection. Fusing historical events together, Nielsen-Talbot took dominant inspiration from both British and Tibetan horse-racing and equestrian culture. ‘I’m half-English, half-Danish, so I always like to look at something which relates to my identity and cultural heritage, and then fuse it with something different,’ explains the designer, sat in the midst of her studio.

In the year the first female jockey won the Grand National, Nielsen-Talbot’s womenswear line appears empowering and modern, re-imagining age-old traditions for a 21st century customer. Elements of betting and luck led the creative to the Japanese festival of Zaido, an annual good luck ceremony, concluding a plethora of interesting references. Nielsen-Talbolt’s garments infuse draping with print design and interesting hand-painted patterns, overcoming obstacles present in the midst of a global pandemic. However, an educational background of home-schooling prepared the designer for a year of working from home.

Nielsen-Talbolt aspires to develop and perfect her craft over the upcoming years, with hopes to eventually start her own brand – ‘We’re really not in a rush, I don’t want to peak at the wrong time,’ – an inspiring manifesto.

Ben Sanderson, BA Fashion Journalism