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A selection of final visualisations.

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Experimenting with draping and gathering on a mannequin assisted Hannah with creating her final visualisations. The image displays an idea for a dress or blouse.

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A collection of mixed media work, used in the process of designing the final collection.

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A selection of final visualisations.

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Detail shot from the final collection.

Hannah McCleave

Hannah’s project explores the connection between our conscious and unconscious mind through the use of energetic mark making. Her final collection is designed for the womenswear market, A/W 2021.

Divination - "The practice of seeking knowledge of the future or the unknown by supernatural means".
Throughout history, people around the globe have tried to make sense of their world through a variety of methods used to connect us to the spiritual universe. Divination is the attempt to gain insight into a question or situation by way of a spiritual ritual.

The basis of Hannah’s project is established on this idea: the future already exists; but it is also important to know that our future is not fixed. Changes in our current situation can affect our future, and there is little we can do to control it. Her project explores this idea of an overwhelming power, and trying to manipulate the uncontrollable.

Exploring the human connection between the conscious and unconscious mind, and the uncertainty which that brings has helped shape the aesthetic of this project. The designs give a sense of controlled chaos, while focusing on minimalism and raw mark making.
Her skills lie in the depth of her research, used to form strong and imaginative concepts throughout her degree. She also has strong digital development and organisational skills, which she utilises well when working to deadlines. The breadth of work experience Hannah has gained on her placement year has taken her outside of design, and into different fields such as wholesale, retail and events.
Hannah aspires to work in the high end fashion industry, and is actively seeking opportunities in textile design for either men’s or womenswear. Alternatively, she would also be interested in fashion buying. Her CV is available on request, please see the contact details on this page.


What is the role of textiles in the process of recollection, and to what extent can textiles stimulate memories?

Final year project

Searching for Divinity


'20 Diploma in Professional Studies
'18 & '20 Designs exhibited at Première Vision in Paris


From a new found confidence in talking to colleagues and clients, to becoming more independent and assured in problem solving, Hannah’s placement year has encouraged her out of her comfort zone in many ways. Her experience in wholesale taught her to consider the bigger picture- who is the client? Who are their customers? What sets this collection apart from other designers?

Hannah’s digital skills significantly improved and put her in a strong position for starting her final year. Hannah’s CV is now well developed with a broad range of experiences across the design industry, which gives her a great sense of confidence in applying for jobs post-university. She feels her experience in design, wholesale, marketing and events organising would make her a great well-rounded applicant.


July 2018 - September 2018

Lead Studio Intern, Amanda Kelly

October 2018 - January 2019

Print Designer , Fusion Copenhagen

February 2019 - July 2019

Wholesale Intern (RTW & Bridal)/ PA to Alice Temperley/ Retail/ Events, Temperley London