Camelia Nema’s first collection is about the reflection of women’s lives and how they choose to present themselves to the world. Based on the ideas, feelings and attitudes of the females in various walks of life these garments portray the common trait of class that women have when focusing their feminine energy accordingly.

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Camila Fukumothi’s collection was inspired by simple paper boxes and layouts creating an innovative approach exploring sharp shapes and inorganic images with geometric architectural details.

Through the process of creation and design development, the manipulating of boxes layouts gave a variety of different forms to be analyzed and investigated.

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Siren Armour is celebrating the strong, determined woman. A woman who can achieve anything she puts her mind to, but with a playful hop, skip and a wink at the same time. It is a combination of the strong nature of the Sirens living on Li Galli island, channelled through strong and structural armour influences, juxtaposed with the playful half-bird embodiment of a siren. The playful movements of birds create the movement lines seen in the Siren Armour collection.

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Although Caroline Perino’s collection is clearly inspired by art and painting, firstly it found inspiration in the kinetic sculpture field and the movement of machines. The process started by researching pictures that brought inspiration to the designer, and by doing so she realised most of the pictures were sculptures with complex forms or paintings with many elements and objects spread on the canvas. Some of her inspirations included art work made by Alexander Calder, Miró, Picasso and Kandinsky.

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‘Etaka’ is Cecily’s projection of beauty amongst apocalyptic visions of a destroyed landscape. Situated in this “AWAY” place, somewhere between the utopian and dystopian wreckages of postmodernity. Considering her own place in the creative renewal of this catastrophe, her collection follows certain principles of wabi sabi, in that it is made primarily from recycled and natural materials “whose devolution is expressive and attractive.” (Andew Juniper-Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence).It is also for this reason I have placed emphasis on the handmade. Valuing the process of time serves both as a therapy and a protest against the voracious cycle of the fashion treadmill, which weaves obsolescence into the very fabric of its garments.

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With the hand skills that were once the foundation of many industries now being lost to technological advances and changes in society and lifestyles, Celine’s collection is an exploration of how classical and contemporary can not only complement, but enhance one another. Music has always been a passion in her life with a large part of that being rooted in the classical field. However, with the current surge of hip hop, pop and rap culture as the new ‘trend’, we are rapidly straying further from music’s classical roots and the true craftsmanship involved in its creation.

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Chloe Newman’s Final Major Project’s Concept is inspired by the series and real life events of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, that occured in 1986. The accident took place at the No.4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, near the city of Pripyat.

It is considered to be the worst nuclear disaster in history. The Babushkas are a group of old women, that have clung to their ancestral homeland inside the radioactive ‘Exclusion Zone’ and refused to leave. The decision was made that because these women were old, they were allowed to stay, due to them dying of old age before the radiation could affect them.

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Chloe Nezianya’s collection was heavily inspired by historical and mythological imagery and representations of Amazonian goddesses. Chloe drew comparisons between the big statuesque women depicted in the imagery to the plus-size women that she aimed to dress. The statues boasted soft drapes and fluid movement, with fabrics loosely hanging over the body. These garments inspired Chloe to find more deliberate ways to use drape in her work.

In an effort to combine luxury with comfort and ease, Chloe found that the properties of powermesh were the most effective to use as both the base of a garment and to use as a drape. The fabric has the most forgiving stretch and ease which gives the person wearing it more confidence in their movement. Using mesh was also the perfect fabric to make considered drapes and ruching inspired by her research.

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Looking into history, Japanese and Indian culture, Cleo finds new ways to create drapes, to play with pattern constructions, proportions and colours.

For her first collection “Cibachromes”, the designer was inspired by a few still life photographs by the American photographer Sally Mann. 'Cibachromes' refers to the manual photo-printing technique in which colours overlap. Bright, pure and expressive, the key words of the sustainable fashion label Cleo De Laet.

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The AW18 debut collection HUMAN MECHANOIDS has been inspired by Swiss surrealist painter HR Giger and his idea of the biome- chanoid and explores the physical relationship between digital technology and the human body. The partially controversially perceived imagery created by the artists’ depiction of reality at the time suggests that we are inevitably transformed into a kind of human machinery. Placing his idea into modern context leads to the idea of viewing social media as an extension of ourselves due to constant engagement.

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Chaerin Lee fuses the silhouettes of 1980's sportswear, the expressionism of renowned artist Jackson Pollock and the vibrant colours of Leigh Bowery's make-up and costumes. With these inspirations at the forefront of Chaerin's mind, she set out to create a collection that could have a positive impact on human emotion using Colour Theory.

Knowing that people in busy modern societies often suffer from fatigue, Chaerin Lee developed energetic prints and patterns inspired by the expressive movement seen in the work of American artist Jackson Pollock. She tested these colourful yet subtle prints on different fabrics, familiarising herself with the nuances in the results.

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Charlotte’s collection California Dreamin was inspired by the beautifully accessible Salvation Mountain which is based in California where people from all around the world go to worship anything and everything they wish to. Charlotte created this collection using her own strong handdrawn prints with cultured silhouettes. She also gained a massive LOVE for embroidery design inspired by converting everyone to see the world in the way others do.

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Charlotte Emma Thompson’s collection portrays a feminine, dreamy atmospheric portfolio that shows the story of her collection, the individual inspiration and design process for each piece.

The concept of her graduate jewellery collection ‘Babygirl’ is a celebration of the strength in sisterhood. In a current world of strong male politics culture her project embodies femininity and girlhood with strength. The main inspiration/concept came purely from icons such as Chloe Sevigny, Tavi Gevinson and Solange. Along with Sofia Coppola’s film: The Virgin Suicides and Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s film: Mustang.

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The collection draws attention from all aspects of this culture. The highly saturated colours, as the main palette of the collection including bright pink, bright orange and green, are inspired by their ceremonial headdresses. CHENG also pays great attention to the fabric innovation and sustainability: embrodery as the key design feature are skillfully combined cotton cloth with woven fabrics; The embroidery and production are handmade by CHENG, who advocates a sustainable, low-carbon and environmentally friendly production model.

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Christina’s research topic is concerned with sexual dependency and interdependency between individuals. Many people in big cities like London have the desire to be independent, but at the same time a craving for the intensity that comes from interdependency. The tension this creates seems to be a universal problem. (Nan Goldin)

In order to get visual inspiration she collaborated with Jelly Luise, another CSM student to create a mood film that would support her final collection in terms of colour, shape and structure. Christina provided image-heavy research that was rooted in Nan Goldin’s ‘Ballad of Sexual Dependency’, Schiele drawings and many others.

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The hybrid defies order, reinvents it. Inhabits the imaginary, but emanates from the real and transforms it. The hybrid is the completely other. In it, the human being projects himself, questions himself and finds the reflection in which he re-articulates his identities. The body is manipulated, the body is equated, the body is fused.

From the beginning of its history, societies, through complex cultural systems, have operated hybridisation, in a mythology that does not admit its denial as exclusively fantastic, whose analysis and appreciation opens the door to the understanding of the universal and the specific imaginary.

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Claire Peng’s collection SIMULACRA explores notions of normal dress through the works of photographers Hans Eijkelboom and Martin Parr. Noting the unconscious commonalities in what ordinary people wear, and how hung garments can look like real people, the collection plays with the idea of simulation and the ‘wearing’ of another person.

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Claire Tagg uses detailed print work in an illustrative style based on narrative to design her pieces. Her inspiration derives from travel and photography but mainly from her previous occupation as an air stewardess.

Claire created remarkable illustrations by drawing in a mixed media style in different scales to create motifs. She would then use Photoshop to allow her to digitally print onto her garments through a mixture of digital and screen printing.

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Constanca Entrudo’s graduate collection is inspired by the whole idea of performance, circus and transgression. By embracing chaos during the creative process she aimed to generate fabrics that would challenge the usual processes of print making through the use of techniques such as dyeing, bondawebbing, melting different materials, pleating, folding and embossing.

In the first phase of her research she looked at Circus archives, London based performers and visited various vintage costume shops all over the UK in order to learn more about the materials and fittings that have been used in theatres and burlesque performances.

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The "CHERNOBYL" collection illustrates the influence of political and ecological factors on contemporary fashion. Getting the status of a symbol, the phenomenon "CHERNOBYL" signify "radiation", the ecological disaster following the explosion of the nuclear power plant and, at the same time, all the deviations from the rules implemented by the political regime, a protest against laws that neglect human rights. In a subtle way, without resorting to propaganda methods, the collection presents the idea of individual freedom, equality between people, and at the same time makes an alarming call to wake up the social conscience to a responsible behaviour towards the environment.

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