Kat’s debut BA Graduate collection, THE FLOWER BOYS CLUB centres on Britain’s most exclusive all boys’ boarding school, Eton College. With strong comparisons to modern cult societies and Etons educational institute opposite, Black Mountain College. This is an in-depth exploration of the hierarchical elite.
Kat’s entire collection draws on traditional tailoring shapes and silhouettes, whilst pushing the boundaries by challenging masculinity with a feminine twist. With growing graphic prints and 3D laser cut flower sequin embellishments, THE FLOWER BOYS CLUB epitomises the idea of the unattainable elite.
Katherine’s graduate collection was strongly inspired by her Mongolia journey when she was ten years old. She collaged her research and from her observation of human action to visualise her imagination into wind force to express the movement during the trip.
Kelly’s work is informed by the experimentation and development of a variety of textural forms including knitwear; sculpted into wearable garments. Alongside these more experimental processes she uses Lectra pattern cutting software to complement and enhance the design process, in order to achieve a carefully considered shape.
Kelly was inspired by her surroundings in the summer of 2016 spent in a rural part of Connecticut. This land previously owned by native American tribes 100 years ago, is now used to continue the teaching of traditional dances to keep skills alive for generations to come.
Kelly's collection is inspired by looking at forms of movement and studying ways to create new forms of motion in fashion, exploring a range of movements, such as perpetual motion, counterbalance, ball bearing spinners and also captured still motion. the inspiration began from the science behind how a dog shakes its fur, and capturing this type of movement and translating it into a garment.
Katie Holmes’ graduate collection concept started with British rebellion in fashion during the ’80s after a long period of rioting and rebellion in Britain. The Buffalo collective was made up of photographers, designers and artists. The disruptive and radical movement transformed the way that society absorbed fashion with a pioneering style, showing new masculine identities that became one of the most influential of the decade. The creative group included Ray Petri, Jamie Morgan and other members from a diverse range of backgrounds. The word Buffalo itself was a Caribbean expression adopted by Petri, used to describe rude boys and rebels.
Throughout my collection, Saville Row cloth merchant Holland and Sherry has been very supportive, generously sponsoring and subsidising my fabrics whilst also assisting with sourcing.
The concept of this collection began with research on the capitalist system, as corporations gain increasing levels of political power questions surrounding economic and cultural shifts begin to be at the forefront of contemporary discussion.
First, while researching the surroundings of foreigners living in Japan, KEI consulted a photo book about Brazilian Group called “Familia Homi Danchi” (2016). They lived in a Japanese housing estate called "Danchi", and their relations with the local Japanese residents were often a problem.
KEI paid more attention to foreigners and Japanese who lived in a Danchi, deeply investigated other Danchis and conducted a fieldwork. Based on the sentiment of participating in the event of a Danchi and the inspiration from the interviews with residents, KEI independently thought about the symbiosis of residents and finally found the improvement method.
In the eyes of Kejia, architecture and fashion garments have always had a special relationship, as they both surround and protect the space of our physical body. In the beginning of her project, titled " Architectual skin", Kejia was inspired by Frank Gehry's architecture creations, especially the way she manipulates the shape of window, and the curve lines she utilises in some of her designs.
Kejia thought she could recreate these elements in fashion textile, as she sees fashion and architecture sharing the same purpose: to provide protection for our physical body.
The collection Oblivion is complex and controversial. It takes its inspiration from a seductive, witchy diva and is dealing a lot with symbolism and spirituality.
The part of the labyrinth which can be seen in every outfit through the massive strips, embroidery and self-designed print is metaphoric to our personal thoughts and feelings, in which we can get lost. On the other hand is the witch a symbolism for our transcendental self and inner magical power. Supported with tarot cards included within the clothes.
Kirie lea’s collection was heavily inspired by the juxtaposition of traditional samurai to contemporary street culture. The comparison of Tomoe Guzan (the first female samurai) and Tina Turner (singer/songwriter) and how they overcome their personal struggles, reflected on her own negative personal situation and representing herself in the narrative as a phoenix.
Kun Qian’s collection was heavily inspired by her memorable experience of her 5 year in London. She is constantly surrounded by traffic jams, pollution, people and overall overstimulation. Over this time she has become more and more appreciative of peace, quiet and nature. She feels happiest and most inspired when she is in one of the many public gardens, feeding swans. It makes her feel at ease and gives her a lot of gratification.