For him, not being able to present your work in a show is a shame. After years of hard work and all-nighters, fashion students expect to end their studies how they were always promised: seeing their collections on models, walking down the runway, with an audience of proud parents and fashion professionals. But they have responded very creatively to counterbalance the situation, opting for a digital format. However, Dominic is glad that he didn’t have to go through the same process. “There are many ways to showcase a collection, but I think those approaches should be kept as an addition to a show,” he says. “We all love a show, don’t we?”
“Don’t put yourself into a box of what someone else wants you to be.”
Now that a few months have passed, Huckbody confesses his student life was very stressful. His advice? Be open to criticism and take what the tutors say on board, but also be honest with yourself. “Listen to what people say, but make sure you stick to who you are,” he adds. “Don’t put yourself into a box of what someone else wants you to be.”
Dominic has a goal for the future: being more sustainable. He has used deadstock fabric for his collection, and he now wants to incorporate 3D pattern software into his process to reduce waste. His idea of sustainability also includes making the fashion industry a better place for people to grow, as creatives and as humans.
His dream, however, is starting a label with his brother. “We’ve never designed anything together, but we have a very good work relationship in which we support each other and criticise each other’s work,” he says. Only time will tell, but Dominic Huckbody feels ready for whatever happens next, whatever that is. “I’m always ready to learn.”