Beichen Guan’s collection is inspired by the star pattern emoji that people easily can understand, transformed into teeth whitening products and tools. The collection is a entertaining way to show people just like her, who try so hard to whiten their teeth because of aesthetic pressures from society.
The human tooth has evolved since the ancient age. Dental development in the modern world is a milestone that every person has to undergo in child development. But in the contemporary consumer culture, dental treatment has always been “cosmetic”, concerned with aesthetics as much as function.
Ben Stephen Ford’s graduate collection is inspired by the concept of wanting to ‘fix it’ or ‘put it right’, playing with the impulse of those who can’t stop that internal need for perfection.
The idea can be best described as a crooked hanging frame, some would see the fault from a distance away, however some may just walk past it. It is those who have to fix the problem who are the ones that are being captured in the collection.
Berenike Corcuera’s collection was inspired by kirilian photographs of her aura, first captured in Chinatown’s reowned Magic Jewelry when she lived in New York in 2014. She began studying the electromagnetic field of the human body to understand how to translate the invisible. She began the practice of mandala and colour studies, to understand how metaphysical bodies could be interpreted into physical bodies and contemporary menswear clothing.
Colour and labour intensive textile techniques are the key aspects of Bethan's creations, as well as personal and meaningful narratives. She designs for a woman who is feminine, fearless and with a sense of humour.
Drawing on her interests in retro aesthetics and interiors, Bethan’s final collection, “NUKE KID ON THE BLOCK”, began with a hunt to find 1970s bathrooms full of vibrant colour and intricate textures. Her own Grandma’s bubble-gum pink en-suite proved one of the most intriguing, with it’s floral tiles and bulb shaped taps, that later went on to inform silhouette and print.
Meaningful movement, Natural habits, And Intuitive behaviour. Derived from the German term, meaning a longing to travel to a place where you feel at home, Bethany’s debut Graduate collection ‘Heimweh’ looks at traditional nomadic qualities in a contrast to a modern society.
Exploring the time-honoured lifestyle, the pulls of life and a new evolution of nomads, driving the urge to re-nature and trust our instinct in, the tech driven world of today. As part of the nomadic art movement, Joseph Beuys aids Bethany’s research in understanding the connection of the nomad and the natural world.
The 1920s Flappers were heavily featured in ‘The Great Gatsby’ and were important in deciding the silhouette and fabrics. The 1920s Gangsters gave the structure needed to the soft and flowing silhouette of the Flappers. The staple item worn by this subculture was a tailored jacket/suit, this was manipulated to create some interesting shapes. The lapel of a jacket became a key design feature. The jacket lapel was changed in size and position on the garment, in response to imagery from the Ocean Liner exhibition.
Walking the streets of India, viewing an extraordinary range of Temples and Mosques, featuring delicate pastel shades and inspiring pigmented blocks of colour. Pure cotton displaying a range of extravagant hand-dyed fabrics, layered by screen-printed patterns inspired by India’s most amazing landmarks. The luxurious, yet wild silhouettes may be spotted en-route to Lakme Fashion Week.
The utilitarian function of clothing is to house the human body, a body that is always in constant motion. Bo Yang Jiang's collection is an interpretation of this relationship. She dissects the prime functions of what clothing does, on one hand it satisfies the practical demands and on the other, its a manifestation of character.
For her MA Fashion graduate collection at Kingston University, BoYang turned to contemporary dance for inspiration. She looked into female contemporary dancers and choreographers such as Silvia Gribaudi, who is know for her work in body politics through dance.
Circular and Spherical shapes are a key focus within the collection, influenced by various artists including Roy Lichtenstein, Damien Hirst and Yayoi Kusama which utilise repetition and geometric shapes within their work.
Brooke has chosen to use techniques such as print and laser-cutting to replicate these predominant shapes within her own designs.
“When your world is collapsing, when everything is closing in, what you want is to be somewhere else, somewhere you can breathe in peace, a scrap of beauty, far from the noise and ugliness but, if there is no escape then you go there in your dreams and you paint that landscape into existence.”
Bryan Wan’s collection was aiming to express the concept through his pattern cutting and designing processes, inspired by his initial inspiration which is trying to translate the elegant and simple lines and the shapes and spaces of traditional Chinese hand made Ming furnitures and ceramics.