Kingston University MA Fashion student Eppie Conrad has been creating a stir with her latest sportswear range inspired by her pop heroes, Irish entertainers John and Edward Grimes.
The self-confessed Jedward fanatic had fashionistas doing a double take at Kingston University's MA Fashion show, lighting up the catwalk with a luminous feast of fashion inspired by the duo who rose to fame on ITV 1's flagship talent show X Factor in 2009.
"I've been a Jedward fan since I saw them perform Britney Spears' hit Oops I did it again on the X Factor," the young designer from Newcastle explained. "I loved their enthusiasm for performing and their determination and self belief. They always bounced back, whatever criticism the talent show judges threw at them - they just rose above it and stayed positive."
Eppie created eight looks using polyester, stretch fabrics, denim and neoprene. Florescent tights in pinks and oranges are teamed with American football-style oversized t-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets. Each garment is adorned with elaborate, hand drawn images of her idols which Eppie painstakingly screen printed herself at the Thames Barrier Print Studio in Woolwich.
"I love screen printing. One of my ambitions is to have my own company creating prints for other designers in the future," the 26 year old explained. "Drawing has always been one of my biggest passions so it seemed a natural extension to experiment with print. I've drawn sketches of John and Edward since becoming a fan and when I shared the pictures with the other devotees online I got a really positive reaction." It had been incredibly exciting to be able to combine her love of drawing and printing with her devotion to Jedward in the collection, Eppie said.
Would you consider creating something inspired by your pop idol, or any other idol for that matter? Or have you already, maybe in your teen years?
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