Fashion Knitwear graduate’s design makes it into new John Lewis AND/OR collection

Emma Kempton won the John Lewis collaborative competition with her marled mohair design

Emma's line-up sketch
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Emma's line-up sketch

A jumper design by a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) Fashion Knitwear Design and Knitted Textiles course at NTU has made it into a new collection at John Lewis which launched in October this year.

Emma Kempton, who graduated this summer with a First Class Honours degree, designed a metallic fluted jumper which made it through numerous judging stages to be selected for production. The jumper features in a collection for in-house lifestyle brand AND/OR, devised in collaboration with American denim experts Calvin Rucker. The 90-piece collection, of which Emma’s jumper forms a part, focuses on the contemporary female customer, specialising in jeans but with an extensive accessories, clothing and footwear offering.

The exciting industry project was briefed to Year Three Knitwear Design students back in December 2016. They were asked to design a collection of six knitted fabrics, with accompanying garment designs at a range of price points, for the AND/OR brand.

The final outcome in the AND/OR collection at John Lewis
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The final outcome in the AND/OR collection at John Lewis

Six students’ designs were selected by John Lewis to go through to the sampling stage. Ideas by Iona Buddle, Amy Carter, Charlotte Cullens, Emma Kempton, Shauna Mills and Eilish Pick all impressed the design team enough to be progressed to the initial fabric sampling and prototype stages.

The design team at John Lewis were highly impressed by the overall standard of work, congratulating the students on the efforts they put into the submissions. It was announced in March this year that Emma’s design had been chosen to feature in the collection.

Emma created knits in soft marled mohair with crisp metallic stripes, considered hem details and tassels, pairing her samples with distressed denims to evoke potential styling ideas.

Kate Bell, Senior Knitwear Designer at John Lewis, said “Emma’s design was our favourite from the start, so it was great that it passed some tough criteria to make it through! The other two styles almost made it; it was close, so well done to Charlotte and Eilish too.”

Ian McInnes, course leader for Fashion Knitwear, praised the students’ work: “A big congratulations to Emma, and to Charlotte and Eilish. We are all very proud of your achievements.”

Fashion Knitwear graduate’s design makes it into new John Lewis AND/OR collection

Published on 9 November 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Art & Design

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