Practical SurfaceWare are proud to sponsor Ana Ogun-Sanya Post Graduate, in the final year of her Womenswear Design Masters Course at the Royal College of Art.

The culmination of the course is the Royal College of Art's renowned annual graduate show, which begins with the Fashion Show on 29 May. Click on link for details:  http://www.rca.ac.uk/

We are really excited about next week’s fashion show, where the collection that Ana has designed, using our fabrics and materials, are paraded down the catwalk! So why would a designer want to use non slip materials in a womenswear collection, we hear you say? (although our materials are a bit special being OEKO-Tex, skin safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable), we asked Ana some probing questions:

Q: How long have you been studying design?

Ana: I have been studying fashion design since leaving secondary school at the age of 16. I went straight to London to do a 2 year BTEC National diploma course in fashion at Kensington and Chelsea college, followed by a 4 year fashion design womenswear course at Central St Martins (this included a placement year in London/ Paris), I am now on and finishing a 2 year Masters course at the Royal college of Art, so 8 years in total.

Q: What are important principles to you in relation to design?

Ana: For me as a womenswear designer I always look at the surface decoration of clothes whether it’s the print, textile but mainly the embroidery, that's where my ideas and inspiration start, and that’s what the important principles in relation to design are for me. I like to create new textures and designs, mixing both typical fashion materials i.e. fabrics etc... alongside unconventional materials that would not be usually used in fashion to create a quirky, feminine cool design.

Q: What interested you in using our materials for your designs, and what were the key qualities that were important to using them?

Ana: The unusual texture, functionality and look of the materials. A lot of the material reminded me of conventional fabrics that I would experiment with to create a textile. However, the materials from Practical SurfaceWare are unconventional and unusual for fashion womenswear, therefore I thought it would be interesting to experiment with how I could bring it into fashion womenswear, trying to push boundaries. As well as the fact that it’s just something new and exciting to work with.

Q: How would you like to see your career develop once you have finished your course: i.e. work in fashion house, concentrate on garment design?

Ana: I would love to either work for a fashion house as the embroidery designer, alternatively I would like to freelance, collaborating with designers doing their embroidery/ artwork, like Lesage Paris. However, if given the opportunity I would open a label and see what happens....

We wish Ana every luck with the show, and we shall certainly be cheering her along and taking lots of pictures, so watch this space next week for the catwalk pictures. Below is a small taster of one of the early designs, featuring: Rug Underlay, ECO PER® Fine Mesh and Standard Matting, and see if you can spot it: Extra Large Bath Mat!