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UCLan graduate impresses X Factor star with his fashion designs

25 July 2014

Suzanne Gamble

Troy makes an impression at Graduate Fashion Week

A Manchester graduate who studied at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has impressed X Factor star Diana Vickers with his fashion designs after she picked out his dress to wear at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week.

The singer chose UCLan fashion design graduate Troy Cooper’s dress to wear to the George at Asda Gala Awards show, the most prestigious event at Graduate Fashion Week, after she initially spotted it on the catwalk.

Troy commented: “I couldn’t believe that Diana Vickers wanted to hire my dress, she contacted me later via Twitter to say that she loved it.”

The 22-year-old designed the dress as part of his final year project and based the design on a lamp shade. Troy had to deconstruct and reconstruct the lamp shade in order to experiment with different shapes, how the materials worked and how the layers could be altered.

"I couldn’t believe that Diana Vickers wanted to hire my dress, she contacted me later via Twitter to say that she loved it."

Whilst taking this into consideration Troy also visited the Tate Modern museum to view Lee Ufan’s work. It was Ufan’s pieces that inspired Troy’s use of colour within his pattern.

The budding fashion designer also had help accessing a range of different materials from the design house Karen Millen after he completed a placement year with the company as a pattern room assistant at the head office in Shoreditch, London.

Troy said: “The Karen Millen team carried on supporting me after I had completed my placement year with them by sending me textiles to use and experiment with whilst constructing my final year pieces.”

Troy is currently applying to study for a Masters degree at the London College of Fashion next year. In the meantime he plans to move to London in the autumn, now that he has graduated from UCLan, so he can get back into the design industry.