Textiles students support sustainable fashion designer for London Fashion Week

19 Feb 2021

New College Swindon Textiles students collaborate and assist in creating a collection for the biggest fashion event of the year, London Fashion Week 2021.

Former student, Joshua James Small, has been making an impact with his sustainable contemporary clothing pieces in the fashion industry since leaving college.

To support him with his latest project, Thru These Tears, Joshua contacted his former college Lecturer to offer talented students the opportunity to intern for this event, which saw Textiles students at HNC, HND and A Level get the chance to gain experience at working on this huge project.

Joshua said: “This is the most important body of work I have released to date.

"I create concepts that inspire escapism through complex and precise pattern cutting and design. I'm passionate about the long-term impact of the fashion industry and aim to produce immersive contemporary pieces that are sustainably conscious without aesthetic limitation.

"Conscious design practice is at the core of my brand and transparency is paramount in producing a sustainable output."

Joshua is passionate about the long-term impact of the fashion industry on the environment. His work is created from a combination of organic fibres and ethically produced material, along with dead-stock and reclaimed fabric supplied by various companies, including frequent sponsors Swarovski and Sophie Hallette.

His exciting new collection is inspired by life pre-pandemic that Joshua says is built from the remnants of sadness, and that his collection homes in on the strong, necessary front that people create to push forth.

Joshua’s work is most notable for his commitment to sustainability and has been worn by Rita Ora, Oh Wonder, and Griff, and has been published in Glamour, Notion, Wonderland, and Hunger, among a list of other titles. His work has also been referenced in multiple publications including FORBES, Vogue Italia and Tank.