Up And Coming Designer: Charlotte Lloyd

 There are not many 19 year old fashion students who can say they have already worked backstage of the prestigious London Fashion week, better yet there are even fewer who can say they were stood next to the power house that is Anna Wintour, however future fashion and print designer Charlotte Lloyd can. 

Charlotte has just completed her second year studying: fashion textiles and print at the UCA Rochester. Although she is only in her second year at university she has been offered placements at some of the most well established print and fashion houses shown at LFW.  In Charlottes second year at university she applied and received a months placement at peter pilloto. It was here that Charlotte got some of her best experience of how the industry works, and the hard work put into just two shows a year.

“I used to wake up at 5.30am every morning to get the train to London for 9 am. I would finish at 8.30pm and arrive home at 11.30 pm. It was one of my hardest but best months of my life”
Image: Charlotte working at Peter Pilloto
At Peter Pilloto Charlotte had the opportunity to customize jeans for a Vogue photo shoot, Work up close with Peter and Christopher and dress models for the London catwalks. However this is not her only hands on experience, As part of the course Charlotte is studying, she has had the opportunity to design a range for Margaret Howell; “When I got this project brief at first I nearly took a gun to my head” Charlotte admits at first she was confused as to why print students would be given a designer who only uses spots and stripes? However Charlotte managed to push the boundaries creating something new and fresh, even having her design chosen as a piece that could be shown in stores. 

Image: Charlotte's Margaret Howell project designs
Image: Charlotte's Margaret Howell project.
This all seems a lot for a student who is only in her second year! Her love for design and textiles came from her grandmother, who used to make her own garments, Charlotte shares fond memories of playing on her old-fashioned singer sewing machine at a young age. Lloyd’s biggest inspiration in the industry at the moment is Mary Katranzou, which shows in her own designs. Charlottes collections are very busy and bright, similar to that of Katranzou’s popular designs. Most of the work created by Charlotte is very graphic, taking inspiration from objects and structures, however recently she says that her work has been heavily focused on flowers and lace in time for SS/12.

This summer Charlotte will be working on a collection of products with her own unique designs on them. The range will include: iPhone4 cases, laptop cases and iPad cases ranging from a reasonable £8.00. If you are interested in owning your very own unique product designed by an up and coming designer follow her on twitter (@CharlotteEmilyL) for updates on the release. Or contact her via. Email cemilylloyd@gmail.com


Charlottes Designs...

Image: Charlotte at work with her tutor

Image: Design at Peter Pilotto
Image: Backstage at Peter Pilloto