Inspired by the visual aspect of physical changes that occur with time, Yana’s collection focus on wrinkles and the body’s shape. Her work is based on her personal feelings provoked by the ageing process of her own skin and the anticipation of its future changes.

According to Yana’s research there are two main opinions formed by social norms as well as personal feelings. One of them is positive: age is viewed as something to be proud of, as a testimony of valuable experiences and the visible part of our personality.

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Yana Myronova collection is about heritage, her roots and personal background, mad modernity. It is about challenges inside and outside of her, reflecting her history and creating the future. It is her past and wanting to break apart from this past somehow that has determined her to want to create something new.

“The future is looking for something new”

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Yayi Chen’s graduate collection “ in tran · sient ” takes root from her personal experience and observation growing up as a Chinese immigrant in Spain. “ in tran · sient ” is a collection of fashion, performance and film in collaboration with London-based artist Cathy Mou, which aims to question the overlooked and objectified labouring body of Chinese women in the European immigrant community.

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Following her pre-collection 2019 ‘The diary/ies’, where she described her imagined muse who was one of the twin spies, Yebin's final collection ‘Chapter 2. The Workbook’ was focused on the spies’ missions. The final goals of the missions were not revealed, however, the rules, process, and indications were secretly portrayed in her final collection.

What she wanted to convey with her final garments were the appearances of the spies during two secret missions. There were military uniforms, trainwoman’s uniform, daywear, and party wear as garment references according to the missions, and button in a wrong position, pocket bags pulled out, and changing clothes as secret communications.

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To provoke individual’s narratives, pareidolia phenomenon is used as an inspiration for ‘What or Who’ collection. This ubiquitous psychological illusion is especially pronounced when you see face-like objects and is translated as an individual story by the reminiscences, facial expression or signification. In the design process, Sim focused on transformation of the shape balancing between obviosity(the features of a face) and ambiguity(little scope for the imagination) so as to enhance wearers’ involvement.

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Yehua took primary inspiration from three elements: Rococo, Mari Antoinette and Crinoline. His collection mainly consists of oversized black suits, ruffled see-through blouses and white crinolines. Most importantly, he considers crinoline to be crucial in his collection for its resemblance with a birdcage, a symbol of limitation on absolute freedom. His collection had a focal point: the total self-liberation from negative feelings or opinions that people had on him, and the need to be sociable in order to blend in with the rest of the society. At first, the disrespectful attitudes received from many others had made Yehua feel slightly uneasy, and maybe even marginally upsetting.

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Yen Wong’s graduate collection, Sunny Side Up! centers around the perfect 1950s-60s woman and the immense social pressures placed upon her to constantly project perfection. This eventually leads to an eventual manic episode, where perfection and panic is distorted. The collection heavily references classic couture and tailoring silhouettes as well as construction techniques from that time period, playing with exaggerated silhouettes and voluminosity.

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Yeonghun Noh’s collection was heavily inspired by Shahar Livne's recycling of plastic. Using this as a starting point, he focused his idea about ocean plastic pollution caused by fast-food brands. At this point, he came out with jesmonite, which is an eco-friendly material, to re-create the shape of the pieces from the actual plastic such as straw, coffee cup, sauce container and water bottle.

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Rituals of Self Healing is a fashion collection portraying the process of self-healing in mental health. After exploring different ways of self-recovery through material studies, I am proposing three "rituals" of healing through textile elements. My initial inspirations derive from a Japanese practice, Kintsugi, which celebrates the beauty in scars and imperfections. Then, I researched modern ways of self-healing and interviewed a psychiatrist for advice on crafting as a healing method. At last, I combined my research and innovated "healing" textiles with the usage of physical healing materials in the current health industry.

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I was particularly inspired by old or antique paintings and murals-the postures of individuals are a bit naive compared to realistic paintings but that is where it attracts me.

As a human being born with curiosity we often wonder about everything around us. I always love looking up to the sky and star-gazing since I was young, for me, astronomy is the exploration to the universe, the universe is actually everything that exists.The dark sky always leaves us with endless curiosity, imagination and expectation.

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The collection is based on Yilan’s experience of visiting Gothic churches in Western countries. She was moved by the peaceful and powerful vibe created by the Gothic interior with space and colourful light. With the interest in the way how the vibe influences audience, the collection encapsulates the sublime internal atmospheres, exploring and skilfully exploiting Gothic structural details to stimulate the particular feelings familiar to this genre.

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Nigerian designer, Yingi Goma’s graduate menswear collection draws inspirations from a street vendor in Nigeria. By viewing the African country with a third eye, she captures her Lagos car ride experience, the lifestyle and environment.

There is a mix of unusual garment fabrics such as tech net, plastic and hessian; shapes and oversized silhouettes. Draw cords passed through button holes, Detachable bags and draw string sack-like shapes that reference items street hawkers carry on their body. The use of embroidery and print for text reference is a key aspect that brings curiosity to the collection.

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In this collection, Ying Yang explored the lifestyle changes of first generation Chinese immigrants who are basined in Chinatown, New York. After being an immigrant herself and moving to NYC with family at the age of 13, Ying questions where she truly belongs to. Feeling like an outsider from both NYC and China. The collection involves a lot of personal emotions, with the garments documenting records of the designers’ own stories.

Ying travelled to China Town every week, observing the lives of many people. She interviewed them, shared stories and managed to get involved in their life. Taking pictures, documenting conversations. Witnessing the story they share and the connection they had.

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Calligraphy in fashion world usually plays the role of decoration. In this collection, Yi-Ting is applying calligraphy in fashion not as decoration but function. The creative system of this collection is letting the techniques of calligraphy direct garment making processes.

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Body Memory is formed from the hypothesis that the body itself is capable of storing memories, as opposed to only the brain. The recollections that our body stores are not always ones that we are consciously aware of, such as sounds, smells, touches and so on.

These unconscious memories are imprinted all over our bodies on a cellular level. Therefore it is the cells that store information of our experiences, habits, and sensations. Things like skin, muscles and nerves all accumulate these details as they actively engage in our daily lives.

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In Systemaphilia, Yong Hui explores the relationship between the legal system and the youth in Malaysia towards LGBTQ+ issues. The concept of styling is inspired by the neglected homoerotic art from his culture. He has combined the elements of the artwork with BDSM culture to create fashion characters that express the dominant and submissive role played by the system and the youth.

The fashion used in this project are sourced mostly from his own wardrobe, with some scrap pieces of fabric and some accessorises borrowed from his colleagues. He has also made a contemporary version of dudou, a traditional female undergarment that he has noticed being worn by men in the Chinese homoerotic art.

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Hila participated in a student exchange program at Trier University of Applied Sciences with their gemstone and jewellery department, for Fine art degree in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Her time there was a big influence when it came to using art to create her jewellery pieces. She would seek materials and forms that maintain a dialogue between culture and material.

Living next to a desert landscape influenced and inspired her when it came to creating her identity as an artist. The roughness, textures and colours drive her when she designs.

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“LOVE” a topic that has been heatedly dissected and debated and has become a never-ending source of enquiry, a subjective emotion that has been time again in pop-culture, sociology, psychology… As Plato and Socrates saw it, love was a mental disease, echoed by Haddaway’s infamously catchy song, ‘What is Love? Baby don’t hurt me’.

Yu Ching Shen, a Taiwanese designer, also reflects these realistic sentiments. During her studies at Kingston University for her Fashion MA course, she focussed heavily on textiles research, namely the concept of communicating emotions through textiles.

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“Have you really felt a natural world, a world which is full of various types of wildlife? I can only say that I have seen a small part of it, some of the last parts left behind in the process of urbanization. They are to me, unforgettable”. Yue Cui’s collection Animated Companion takes visual inspiration from the active postures of animals. The first idea came up when she saw the vivid posture of preserved animals in the museum which evokes the good memories of her childhood in a countryside.

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In this design, YUEJIAN ZHANG will design a collection of fashion shoes based on sports wears. "FUTHER URBAN OUTDOOR" is the background of his design. The concept of this design is that more and more people are injured due to incorrect exercise posture (running, jumping, stretching, even walking). The pressure of the sole of the foot is one of the important indicators to detect whether the exercise posture is correct, so he will try to visualize the pressure of the sole , by visualizing the sole pressure to help users better adjust their posture during exercise.

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First of all, my first starting point for this project was about what I thought was fashion. I've always thought fashion was in the middle of art and commerciality. With this as a starting point, I researched artistic and commercial fashion. It was my early concept that I tried to make this collection by finding their midpoint. But as I talked to my tutors, I realised that this was not clear about the middle point or neutrality.

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