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UCA 2021 graduate showcase #UCAgrads2021 🎓✨⁠ ⁠ While progressing through a BA (Hons) Hand Embroidery degree and planning a final major project, Millie Whitehead wanted to create a collection that challenged fashion brands' highly gendered approach to design and to open out this specialist craft to a wider audience.⁠ ⁠ In Millie’s final collection, the 2021 graduate combined well-honed embroidery skills with another passion. “I knew I wanted to create a gender-neutral collection – a concept that came from looking at my own wardrobe, and from my own experiences when shopping,” Millie says. “I tend to favour menswear departments and always felt that shopping in the men’s section puts a label on me and my clothes, but I strongly believe that we do not need ‘menswear’ and ‘womenswear’ when we can just have fashion.”⁠ ⁠ In response, Millie created a collection of oversized, tailored garments designed to flatter any shape or size. Each piece features wave-like appliqued hand embroideries that take inspiration from the freedom, fluidity, and strength of water. “These represent my beliefs about gender, as well as symbolising change in the fashion industry, and the fact that gender-neutral fashion isn’t a trend that’s going to be short-lived – it’s a movement that will continue to grow,” says Millie.⁠ ⁠ Read more at: https://bit.ly/3rmjC3K Instagram: @mgw.studios⁠ ⁠ #UCAgrads2021 #WeareUCA #MakersofUCA #UniversityfortheCreativeArts #gradshow #graduateshow #degreeshow #newtalent #showcase #graduate #newdesigners #graduates2021 #graduation #grads #grads2021 #creative #artshow #artexhibition