Fashion designer and recent graduate from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Meagan Wellman will see her designs on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week in September, after winning Bermuda Fashion Festival’s local designer showcase.

Originally from the island, Meagan founded her own clothing line M-SEW last year after graduating with a BA (Hons) Fashion from UCA Epsom in 2013. Submitting a collection with over 10 different looks for the showcase in Bermuda, she was one of six designers chosen to present to a board of financiers.

Meagan’s winning collection, entitled Cup Match Runnings, is sporty and casual yet ladylike. Using mainly cottons with some leather pieces for the looks, her inspiration came from Bermuda’s emancipation celebration, commonly referred to as Cup Match.

“The holiday is focused around a two day cricket match with the East of the island playing against the West,” said Meagan, who is 23 and based in London. “The collection’s colour scheme is the two team colours – red and navy versus light blue and navy – along with classic cricket whites. I used some silks in some of the looks, and took a chance with a reflective fabric!”

Meagan says that her time-management skills for making collections were honed when she was a student at UCA.

“UCA was great. I learnt a lot of skills and techniques that I use within the designing process and manifestation of my collections. Technical skills such as pattern cutting and sewing techniques were key to producing the collection for the competition. Good fabric knowledge is also important, as it can make a piece come to life.”

Currently balancing part-time work at Pringle of Scotland with running M-SEW, Meagan says that her home inspires her work.

“The colours of Bermuda inspire me along with the relaxed or comfort aspect to some of my designs,” said Meagan. “Bermuda’s fashion is more resort – summer beachwear, like kaftans and flowing dresses – which works for island living.”

The fashion designer will be showing her collection in Harlem’s Fashion Row during New York Fashion Week this September. Aspiring to focus on M-SEW and work full-time on creative projects, Meagan is hopeful that this award win will boost her career.

“I believe it will help me to achieve me aspirations and open some doors for me in design,” she said. “I’m not 100% sure what will come out of the experience in New York but I’m excited to see what’s going to happen next!”

View more of Meagan’s collections at www.m-sew.com

From: Epsomfashion.com