London College of Fashion students show no lack of imagination at graduate runway showcase
Students across a host of disciplines worked together to create the outlandish looks unveiled at Shoreditch's iconic Old Spitalfields Market.
Anyone lacking inspiration when it comes to what to wear next season found no shortage of ideas at the London College of Fashion's graduate show. Of course, in alliance with London's reputation as a powerhouse of creative energy, these were not the sorts of clothes you can expect to see on your local high street.
In a showcase which sought to reflect the collaborative nature of the fashion industry, students across a host of disciplines worked together to create the outlandish looks unveiled at Shoreditch's iconic Old Spitalfields Market yesterday. Several collections sought to challenge the conventions of gender and masculinity, from formal tailoring featuring cut-out buttocks to tops padded like bulging muscles and trimmed with pink ribbons.
Process and construction was also a common thread among this year's students with dresses featuring exposed seams and raw edges appearing as if fresh from the cutting room floor. Chorong Lim's collection even reconstructed suit bags into evening gowns.
While this was a showcase which sought to present fashion at its most extreme, it is the weird and wonderful outlook of our young designers which keeps the capital at the cutting edge.
Speaking ahead of the show, Professor Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion, was keen to stress the importance of protecting our art schools against economic uncertainty.
"In an era of radical change, both socially and politically, fashion has never been so relevant. We are dedicated to providing world class borderless education, ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the creative industries as well as investing and nurturing creative talent to ensure we safeguard the fashion industry, a vital component of the UK economy, for future generations.”