Eden Keshia’s graduate collection is inspired by the curiously beautiful artworks created during early infancy. The erratic brush-strokes and experimental nature of the paintings and scribbles prove to be an interesting starting point for colourful prints and hand-painted designs.
Always adorned with hand-rendered intricacies, designs feature hand-painted details, bespoke embroidery and tactile embellishments, intended to appeal to all senses. The ethos of this collection embraces the concept of a slower-paced fashion; the design process focuses on creating high-quality wearable art pieces which can be kept and treasured.
With a narrative that stems from the journey of Indonesian batik to the heart of its modern society, Charmain's jewellery collection explores the evolution of Indonesian batik through history in terms of technique, pattern, production and consumption.
He gives a new life into the thousand years tradition by transforming what once a two-dimensional waxing technique on top of fabric into a three-dimensional jewellery object, emphasising on the sustainability and survivability aspect of Indonesia handcrafted batik in this machine production era.
A starting point for Elena’s collection was a film “The Colour of Pomegranates” as cinematography takes a big part in her research and design developmentt. One of the key points of both of her concept and designs started after reading a book by Hamid Naficy “An Accented Cinema”. Elena’s thinking process and the narrative of the project has been influenced by numerous personal feelings such as memory, nostalgia, family and relationships between people.
Illustrations are the most important step in the development of the NILEMLOH collections. As the colours and prints are directly put onto the garments once finished, there’s only one chance to reach the desired result. Therefore, the illustrations give the designer the opportunity to plan ahead and visualize the final result of each piece in relation to another. The Printograms collection which is the first complete collection utilizing this technique is a mash-up of luxurious vintage, romantic lace, muddy colour tones and a touch of rough rave aesthetics.
Elisa strongly believes in the idea of using her own body to make a statement about her inner self: she wants for the garments to be an extension of the soul, like a direct line to the mind. Layers over layers of skins: stratification is definitively a key world of the collection. This concept represents the very starting point of her collections. She plays with her image to visually represents the idea that she wants to promote and this is the way in which Dreaming Eli was born.
Elisha Corinne’s debut collection titled ‘The Lost Boys’ came from her interests into travel and exploration of new places. Shackleton’s famous Antarctic voyage first inspired this story with influence from the equipment, clothing and surrounding environments.
During the design development process Elisha wanted to distort the normal shapes and silhouettes of garments. Enlarging and folding trousers and classic shirts then pairing these with fisherman inspired silhouettes creating a well-considered collection.
Ella Fletcher’s work was inspired by Greek architecture she saw whilst travelling. She was particularly attracted to the way different architectural features also cast interesting shadows.
This concept of positive and negative space found in architectural forms became a primary focus during the drawing stage. Much of Fletcher’s drawings contrast light and dark shapes and explore the interaction of positive and negative space.
Debonaire originated from my father’s love for sailing. When looking through old family photos I stumble across numerous imageries from his childhood learning to sail with his siblings, draped sails and with his crew back in the ’90s. Each photograph carried a different sentimental and nostalgic value that I wanted to translate into my designs. For example different boat knot techniques, heavy fabrics, exposed seams and large metal component details. I chose to incorporate these elements within the collection in order to present nostalgia, and memory through familiar items e.g. lifejackets and stripe. This collection carries elegance in shape but also childish references with colour and component.
Ellis’ latest collection, Origins, takes inspiration from the jewellery hoards which have been found across Scotland, containing pieces which transcend the centuries and encompass the heritage of many different lands.
Origins takes qualities from these hoards; a myriad of coins and jewels, fragments of history, pollinated from different areas. Sculpted in 14 carat yellow gold and set with diamonds, the Origins collection is a fusion of intricacy and erosion. Historical shapes are deconstructed into sculptural fine jewellery situated firmly within today’s modern world.
Elizabeth Whibley’s graduate collection ‘DREAMING AND DOING’ was heavily influenced by her independent research visit to Tokyo in May 2017. The name of her graduate collection is a reflection of her mindset to live life to the fullest, achieve dreams and get stuff done! Visiting this colourful city fulfilled a childhood desire of hers.
Emma Charlotte Ramsden depicted her inner soul, desires and decadence within my Final Collection. “Life is about living and loving. I believe women have a unique opportunity to emulate their life and spirit in the garments they wear. An opportunity to reveal their inner glamour and femme fatale.” Her inner compassions illustrated through every inch of delicate, silky satin and rainbowed organza extravagantly designed printed fabric through the art of collage, taking inspirational reference from 1930’s Old Hollywood to 1970’s Biba and depicting 1970’s Vogue archive editorial shoots featuring the most exotic locations from Moroccan mountain tops to opulent interiors amongst original floral photography. Each collaged pattern pieces depicting a fragment of the designer’s personality, providing a sneak-peek into her lavish dreams of lounging.
Emily began designing womenswear because, as a young girl, the idea of designing for men simply never occurred to her. It wasn't until her second year at Kingston University that a tutor assumed her clothes were for men, when all of a sudden the penny dropped. Ever since she has been obsessed with Mens clothing, from tailoring and formalwear to sportswear and RTW.
When studying abroad in Asia Emily became extremely aware of the stark differences between male friendships in the East compared to that of the West, and began to question the social construct of masculinity.
Emily’s graduate collection started as a response to current news surrounding the uncertainty Brexit has left within the UK.“When designing a collection, I try to be responsive to what is happening around me, to the people next to me, to keep in mind that fashion needs to interact with current affairs and be an answer to what is happening.”
Many words have been penned about the differences between the East and the West. The list is rather extensive, subcategories under umbrella categories. Emily He, a graduate from London College of Fashion BA Jewellery program, can speak extensively about this subject - a subject that inspired her graduate collection.
Having spent an equal amount of time in both Hong Kong and the UK, Emily’s voice on culture difference, habits and behaviours comes from experience.
Islanders is a project that celebrates the lives of the people in the Philippines -Ericka’s place of birth. She wanted to portray the happy and colourful lives of the people that inhabit the Islands. She was particularly fascinated by the mode of transport that is widely used in the country - The Jeepneys. They are known for their crowded seating and decorations which have become a symbol of the Philippine culture and Art.
As someone who did not grow up in the Philippines, her view of the country is different to those that have lived their whole lives there. To the Islanders, the jeepney is a vehicle to get to work, school and home. To Ericka, it is a special reminder of the diverse culture that she is a part of.
A variety of strange shapes and colourful, innovative materials can be seen throughout Xin Wen’s series of works. She incorporates different cuttings and colours that have a diverse chemical effect to enhance the wearer’s character.
She is inspired by fairytales, nature and life and uses a range of different techniques such as silkscreen printing, laser cutting and embroidery to create her designs.
Having grown up in the border region between Austria and the Czech Republic, Eva Neuburger was well aware of the political dimension of nature from a very young age onwards. The Bohemian Woods was her playground and sanctuary and experiencing the brutal changes the capitalist system was and is inflicting upon them shook her to the core. As the world slowly wakes up to the reality of climate change, she is trying to make a point in saying that we have to switch from seeing Nature as a commodity to it being an ally. A political force in its own right.