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Liza Kain’s graduate collection ‘Perennial Fable’ is a recreation of the image defined by surreal beauty as a mythical figure hidden behind layers of illusive fabric. We are left to wonder what is beneath all of this beauty, thus furthering the complexity of the women.

The process of her journey is depicted by a blooming flower and followed by the dramatic effect of decaying. Intense textile methods, intrusive embellishments, loose threads and complex constructions intertwine and reflect on the hidden layers of timeless femininity.

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Through her studies at Leeds Arts University, Lottie focused on the reduction and transformation of fabric wastage within the fashion industry. Lottie’s gender-neutral graduate collection ’s p a t i a l exploration:’ has been created using a mindful design method called zero waste design.

Exploring the idea of meditative processes through sketching, Lottie examined applying open space to closed forms.

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Lucy Saltinstall is a womenswear designer with a keen eye for taking inspiration from the world around her, finding aspects of nature and the disruption of it by human kind and turning them into new prints and shapes.

Creating pieces inspired by both natural and urban environments, contrasting the rigid symmetry of architectural forms with the fluid chaos of botanics, her designs are a vibrant interpretation of the unexpected harmony caused by the collision of these two opposites.

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Lydia Fung is a multimedia designer based in London and Hong Kong, she began her journey in painting when she was studying fine art in Boston at an early age. She later on expanded her pursuit in painting from canvas to textile and completed her BA in surface textile at London College of Fashion.

Lydia has always been fascinated by how a 3D object can transition into a 2D form from different perspectives; therefore, her practice also revolves around this idea by making textiles looking like an object, and making garments looking like a painting.

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Maddie William’s visual signature as a designer is highly structured, exaggerated silhouettes paired with textural and innovative textiles, which are often hand crafted or embellished. She works conceptually and uses ideals and narratives to drive her design process.

The narrative of her graduate collection imagines a group of six Goddess- type figures who are here to serve as the antithesis of the Elitist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy and strike fear into the hearts of harmful Corporations.

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Maddy Stringer, born in Somerset, UK, is a recent fashion design graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. Her specialism lies in textile and material development, exploring tactility and three-dimensional surfaces for fashion.

Her S/S 19 graduate collection took inspiration from the beauty in the mundane and the human desire to collect, focusing on her own childhood collections.

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Maria Ivanescu Cotuna's collection explores the ambiguous symbolism of power-play. The pieces provoke a discussion through their ambivalent nature due to their stereotypical cultural meanings and the fact that they were created using contrasting materials and colours.

Maria’s jewellery pieces aim to neutralise or control desire. The duality of the collection that she has made comes from unexpected and conflicting associations.

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Matilda Aberg began her fashion studies at an early age studying tailoring/fashion design at high school in Stockholm, Sweden. At the age of 19 she moved to London to work for the couture department at Vivienne Westwood. Matilda then pursued her fashion studies with a BA in Fashion Design Womenswear at London College of Fashion.

Matilda’s graduate collection is based on a story inspired by Swedish folk myth about femme fatals, sisterhood and revenge in the dark Northern forests of the 17th century.

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Megan Rose is a Textile Designer located in London, specialising in Fashion Textiles Print. With a background in Photography, Fine Art and Fashion Textiles her collections are abstract and innovative.

Throughout her time studying BA Fashion Textiles Print, at London College of Fashion she focused on skills and techniques, enabling her work to be at a luxury level. Megan Rose pushes for new and advanced ideas through development and persistence.

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Raised in a quiet seaside town, Megan Strange moved to London to pursue her career in Fashion. She graduated from Ravensbourne University in 2017 with a BA Honours in Fashion Design specialising in womenswear. Megan’s design signature is a taking contemporary elements and applying them onto classic styles. Her graduate collection is inspired by her time at university and the negative aspects she had to overcome.

At the age of 18 Megan was awarded the Valter Prize, the award being for the most successfully manufactured and considered garment in the whole of the County of Dorset.

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Meiqi Luo explores movement when creating her geometric jewellery. This form of transit and the structure of the jewellery are explored deeper in other details such as colour and texture.

Wearability is important to Meiqi’s contemporary jewellery, especially as there is an interactive element, which responds to the wearer’s own movement with immediacy. Strong characteristics and skilful techniques come together to create a playful, imaginative feel to each piece.

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Using a combination of traditional Chinese and Japanese wear with elements of modern European garments, Melanie’s collection focuses on using origami shapes and tailoring techniques to create a gender-neutral collection.

Flowers were the motif of the collection. Using different folding techniques, Melanie applied this to her garment to create volume and three-dimensional shapes, focusing the drama on the top half of the body. In contrast, clean lines and refined tailoring were used on the bottom half, a happy medium between tradition and modernity, simple and decorative.

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Meng Zhang is a Jewellery designer from Shanghai who completed her MA Degree in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins in 2017.

Zhang's MA collection explores how jewellery transfers the intangible self-identity of the wearer into tangible forms for this increasingly standardised world. Inspired by the lexicon of curves and lines within Chinese calligraphy an essence is captured and translated into vibrant jewellery. These extravagant jewellery forms enhance the body, creating subtle personal identities in artefacts worn over clothing.

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London based contemporary jewellery artist Michelle Lung is passionate about developing materials and new techniques. She tries to stay current and create in response to the state of society and culture around her in real time.

During her time on the BA Jewellery Design Course at Central Saint Martins, she was working towards work that gave a glimpse at a possible new age of jewellery (from her perspective). Where traditional ideas of preciousness and grandeur in the sense of materiality held within typical jewellery materials gemstones, precious materials are not necessarily vital.

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Throughout her time studying fashion at Edinburgh College of Art, Michelle has acquired a broad range of design skill and gained her own profound design and development ideas.

With her strong connection with Celtic heritage, from the Glens of Antrim, along the North Coast of Ireland, her family roots date back here for generations. This strong link with heritage has provided her with inspiration throughout her design process.

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London College of Fashion Graduate, Miette Farrer, is a fashion textiles designer exploring the possibilities of material surface and sculptural textiles through process driven design. Textiles are created with an attention to beauty, precision and the handmade - exploring craft techniques and modern technologies in combination to create innovative textile surfaces.

An underlying focus of sustainable practice encourages the upcycling of materials, hand dying and painting of fabrics, and other slow processes. Her Australian background has instilled a passion for nature and the Australian landscape, playing a vital role in inspiring her designs.

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Monika Jauneikaite's professional tailoring and design skills allowed her to create a collection, which translates a minimal and sophisticated feel. Monika was heavily inspired by gender. She asked herself what does it mean to be a women or a man? A lot of influence came from the history of transgender males and females. She looked into a range of different centuries and cultures, which in turn allowed her to develop a new take on traditional menswear tailoring.

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Nadia Wire Albrechtsen is a Danish designer who graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017, where she studied textile design. She specialised in knitwear and has gained great experience working for high-end brands such as: Pringle Of Scotland, Peter Pilotto, Stine Goya and Iris Van Herpen. She was also a finalist at the FAD x Missoni competition in 2017, where she was picked by Angela Missoni to show two looks during LFW.

With a passion for colour Nadia Wire Albrechtsen developed her final collection focusing on colour theory. The central aim of the collection ‘Color Intelligence’ is to highlight the importance of colour:

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Nia Winstanley is a London-based Womenswear Knitwear designer with a particular interest in textiles and all things shiny.

During her time at Kingston University and Designskolen Kolding, she developed her love for colour, sparkle and textiles through print and knitwear to create highly feminine, glamorous garments that encourage women to be more playful and expressive with fashion.

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Ningyao Zhang combines traditional Chinese culture with modern fashion design. Having strong interests in historic Chinese painting and calligraphy helped her create her graduate collection.

The continuous play of flower types and arrangement of colour create a manifesto of flirty femininity. Exquisitely crafted and intricately executed, her designs ooze a free spirit vibe.

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Odella Yue is a new generation fashion explorer and creator who wishes to make exciting and relevant changes through the digital highway. She is transforming the barriers and boundaries that were once used to separate disciplines into gateways that connect people. Odella believes the future of fashion should be more interactive and consumer should be allowed to be part of the design process.

Her Neon Wanderer game demonstrated the potential of advanced consumer engagement in the fashion design process and offers interesting marketing strategic ideas.

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Olesya is a young Russian-Finnish fashion designer located in Helsinki, Finland. Born in a small town in Southern Russia, where she spent her childhood and teenage years. Before moving to Finland she studied information technology, graduated from Rostov State University of Transport, Russia and worked as a system analyst for a Moscow-based IT-company.

With this collection, her aim was to give a different point of view on stereotypes of so-called Russianness and combine archaic features of national costume with futuristic elements of urban life.

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Inspired by her creative grandmother, Olivia was intrigued by all things textiles whilst growing up, leading her to pursue a Textile Design degree at Nottingham Trent University, where she developed a passion for using photography and digital imagery to inform her design decisions.

Olivia’s graduate textile collection ‘Changing States’ was sparked by the idea of metamorphosis and how we are always adapting to change within our surrounding environment. Taking a scientific approach, her abstract photography is a key aspect of the collection, capturing the uncontrollable reactions triggered during physical and chemical changes.

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Paloma Alarcon is a mixed media textiles designer specialising in hand embroidery, embellishments and laser cutting. Paloma focuses on pushing the boundaries of innovative design using modern and traditional techniques for Fashion statement pieces and accessories.

Combining a range of materials from acrylics, plastics and wood to conventional woolly threads is what sparks Paloma's contemporary designs. With Peruvian origins the idea of bringing Peru's cultural aesthetic and colour is always vivid in her collections.

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Peng Yu Wang’s disciplinary education and working background helped him to successfully create a remarkable graduate collection. Inspired by the way insects are constantly renovating and breaking their own inherent patterns in order to become brand new, vivacious and beautiful beings, Peng Yu focused on breaking original lifestyles when it came to creating his collection.

The motif of his design concept emphasises this key perception and allowed him to focus on his own social relationships and how he has grown and developed himself as a person.

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Plaire was born in Thailand and spent many formative years there until moving to the UK in her early teens. She feels comfortable with the culture of both countries, seeing herself as a cultural hybrid influenced by the rich heritage and history of her birth country, but also attracted to the advanced technology of the UK and London.

Plaire feels this dual cultural background does not limit her outlook in her design process but enables her to see and appreciate a diversity of ideas and influences. She takes much of my inspiration from the rich culture of my birth country, she often uses her Thai heritage as the main research and creatively interpret it into contemporary fashion.

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Inspired by the arts, history, materials and my surroundings, Poppy is particularly intrigued by the heritage of textiles and how to translate this in modern culture. In her work she explores the relationship between textiles, witchcraft and the idea of weaving as a form of code or language, using both jacquard & dobby looms.

Drawing on her initial theme of magic, she expanded to a more abstract approach as her work progressed. Focusing on elements such as transformation, distortion of reality and secret knowledge allowed her to express her research in a more individual way.

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Pravjot Sambhi has based her project on imperfections. In society imperfections and flaws are heavily highlighted and are seen as something negative. The media portrays ideals telling us who, what and how we should be. She wanted to explore imperfections in our daily lives focusing on textures, colours and silhouettes and turn this negative view into something positive.

During the research stage of the concept, she looked at model Winnie Harlow, who has Vitiligo which is a skin pigmentation caused by lack of melanin pigment in the skin.

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The Uniki collection, sparked by the discovery that China produced around 17 billion tonnes of mismanaged plastic in 2010, estimated to reach about 37 billion tonnes in 2025 focused on collecting abandoned objects. Qi combined them into one visual language, developing new worlds for the irrelevant objects as elements for fashion jewellery.

Bold colours and patterns adopted from 1970s furniture and interior design help target urban consumers with strong visual fashion appetites.

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With a passion for storytelling and listening to other people's stories, QiWei Jiang is a Womenswear designer based in China and London.

During the time when she was pursuing her MA in Fashion Design Technology in London College of Fashion, Qiwei had always been focused on how relationships between individuals, places and objects are structured.

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Qiqi Zhang graduated from the Fashion BA course from Kingston University in 2017. Zhang has been very passionate about introducing traditional cultural elements into contemporary pieces, elevating the traditional designs by injecting a dramatic element.

Zhang aims to break the boundaries of gender recognition, and at the same time, creating fashionable pieces focusing on practicality for everyday use.

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Combining inspiration from the Stockholm Royal Palace with design influence of the 1920s and 1930’s Rebecca re-created the abundance of a time past, in a knitwear collection titled ‘The Age of Parade’.

The overly ornate and magnificent state rooms of the palace oozed luxe and excess; colour coordinated interiors in regal colours and hanging with tapestries are edged in an overabundance of gold. Drawing influence from silhouettes from the art deco era she challenged herself in re-creating these ideas in knitwear, imitating fabrication within knit and pattern cutting to work as fully fashioned knitted garments.

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Rhiannon Lewis’s graduate collection is based on the idea of feminism and taking a new approach in what is seen as the feminine ideal. Her influences include elements from urban/streetwear and enhancing the female form with silhouette and design features.

Her aesthetic was the idea of glamourising sportswear, through fabric choices of urban navy denim and contrasting with pink duchess satin and silk-like materials, alongside gold detailing.

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Rosey Norman graduated from Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Design in 2018 and exhibited her work at Graduate Fashion Week. Her collection focuses on the concept of contrasting cultures, drawing inspiration and imagery from Dutch still life paintings, British pub culture and market towns.

Composing largely of knitted and printed textiles Rosey’s collection is very textile led. Made with recycled parachutes and wadded viscose knits, the collection plays on the feeling of comfort.

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Ruth William’s collection is focused around the concept of protection, both physical and emotional. Taking inspiration from tents, sportswear and a beloved knitted jumper, the collection is designed to question our practical needs and explore the emotional attachment we have with our clothing.

Made with reused tents and giant rubber knitting, the collection mixes high-tech materials with minimalist cutting and intricate fabric techniques. This originated from questioning the role clothing plays in everyday life. In the most basic sense, clothing protects us from the elements, keeps us warm and keeps us safe. but it also holds a strong emotional attachment.

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Sara Chyan's works take a minimalistic approach with conceptual support. Sara tries to draw on a wide scale of subjects in a multi-layered way, likes to involve the viewer in a way that is sometimes physical and believes in the idea of function following form in a work. Her works respond directly to the human body and surrounding environment, and uses everyday experience from the artist as a starting point.

Sara believes that jewellery is an object that carries more than just an intrinsic significance, for it is not merely an ornament but also a medium for expressing one’s individuality, which is what drives her to creating her awe-inspiring, picturesque jewellery pieces.

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Sarah Garfield is a young, London based, Womenswear designer, who graduated in 2017 from Ravensbourne. Having grown up in London, Sarah was continually taking in the City’s rebellious, non-conformist, often outlandish sense of dress, particularly as a teenager, which is deeply entrenched into her design DNA. There is a clear sense of adolescent rebellion in her clothing, to be expressed at any age.

Sarah’s main aesthetic combines a subtle darkness with a sad, fragile beauty. She mixes delicate, nymph-like historical references, with modern references to strong, forceful female subcultures and confident female sexuality. The main focus is contrast, giving a bittersweet feel.

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Shannon Louise completed a BA fashion design at Leeds Arts University with the interests of design, garment manufacture and garment technology for womenswear. Shannon's passion for textiles and aim to push boundaries, ensured she created a meaningful collection that could potentially affect society. The personal topic, ensured her collection would be a passionate piece of art to make a global statement.

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Since acquiring an Associate Womenswear degree at Baewha college in South Korea, Sohyeon Park decided to explore textile at Greentextile Vendor. While working there, she could learn how to produce fabrics from factories and negotiate between manufactures and market. However The more she worked at the company, the more she felt sick about commercial business and fast fashion as the company mostly dealt with the industry. Therefore she made decision to move into UK as she always admired London fashion after obtaining Working holiday visa from UK.

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A Menswear Design graduate from the London College of Fashion, Steve Jin decided to find inspiration for his first collection through introspection and opposition. As a minimalist with high standards of cleanliness, Steve wanted to incorporate these personal aspects.

At the same time, he wanted to create tension and found himself fascinated by the festivalgoers of Woodstock – their fluid motions and carefree nature. Marrying these two seemingly contradictory ideas together, he coloured his garments with hand embroidered flowers and softer lines on a delicate palette. The collection made use of fusing together and modernising traditional draping and tailoring techniques.

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Having been living in India for a long time as a student Tae always had to follow the strict rules of wearing uniform. He always wanted to break down the rules of how garments should be worn.

Hence this graduate collection is based on how clothes can be worn in different ways in our daily life. Inspired by Austrian sculptural artist Erwin Wurm. Tae’s collection investigates to ignore the original features of menswear garment and recreate original features of menswear garment.

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Birmingham City graduate, Thomas Cox travelled around New York and London in order to further develop his creative self. Whilst in New York, he visited an exhibition called The Out and Bad Series at The Museum of Art and Design where he saw a piece called Swag Swag Krew, which consisted of a group of very masculine mannequins in masculine poses, juxtaposed with flamboyantly feminine outfits.

Thomas then went on to consider why was it that homosexual men are not considered masculine, strong or intimidating in society like a gang would be.

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Trang Hoang graduated with a First Class Degree in Womenswear from the London College of Fashion in 2018. Born and raised in the city of Hanoi, Vietnam before moving to the UK in 2012, traces from the rich traditions and vibrant history of her hometown could be found throughout her collections.

Intrigued by the human conditions and the evocation of emotions through visuals and the obtrusion of space, Trang enjoys morphing and distorting shapes into organic forms that seek to stand alone as a harmonical piece.

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Valia Kapeletzi is a multidisciplinary artist who uses textiles as the means of communicating her take on everyday-life eccentricity. Movement, balance, abstraction and transparency form the common thread in all of her work. Whether it is a garment, an installation piece or a sculpture, the concepts of intricacy and attention to detail, as well as the experimental nature of materiality, are always present.

She tends to observe the delicacy of movement and the abstract allure of its repetitive motion in combination with light interaction.

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Vincent Lapp is a French born London based Womenswear designer who strives to promote a fashion that engages on political and social matters, in an urge to makes things move positively.

He completed his BA at Central Saint Martins in 2018, developing a collection looking to set as a statement against religious fanaticism, obscurantism and violence. Vincent’s original inspiration came from his sister’s decision to convert to Judaism, submitting to strict rules, combined with the tensed atmosphere around terrorism and religious outfits in France.

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As one of Northumbria’s twenty most innovative fashion students, Wen Yue Zhang’s debut collection was showcased at London Graduate Fashion Week 2016 where it was met with rave reviews.

Wen Yue's motif comes from an aspect of Peking Opera: the tradition of men performing female roles on stage, namely that of the coquettish female type, an aspect of traditional Peking opera that became Wen Yue's motif. Neutral overtures became the framework to her collection. Applied on top of this foundation are traditional Chinese elements such as the use of brocade fabric, cloaking styles, headdress details and pattern specifications to be inlaid with modern techniques and fabrics.

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Winnie Yeung is a Knitted Textiles designer based in London and graduated from RCA MA textile design. Winnie Yeung is known for her innovative and intuitive combination of material, texture, and colour. She is passionate about knitting, working with both hand and machine processes. Her inspiration comes from her appreciation of everyday life, everything she sees, touches and does.

Winnie creates free-form garment pieces and her final collection is based on the concept of ‘Growing.’

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A recent graduate from the University for the Creative Arts, Xiao Qian graduated with a BA in Fashion Design.

She became fascinated with the different types of machinery that was involved in the production of knitwear. The movements of the machines intricacies and the synthesis of two discrepant materials, cold hard metal against soft malleable fibres became the inspiration to her collection. By using different materials and opposing forms in the construction of her garments, Xiao Qian was able to capture these complex discrepancies.

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Xiao Zhu Chen’s first collection took inspiration from Pollock’s Toy Museum, a quaint yet historical venue showcasing traditional and contemporary toys. Transforming nostalgia into her designs, garments were covered in childlike scribbles and one-off prints that mimicked a child playing in the midst of their many toys.

Using specialised cutting and draping techniques, each outfit paid homage to Xiao Zhu’s fond childhood memories. Bold and vivid colours accompanied a mélange of textures and LEGO building blocks made their debut in the form of accessories.

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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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Ye-byeol Sim is a Jewellery designer based in London and Seoul who completed MA Degree in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins in 2018 with a background in metal craft.

‘What or Who’ collection is designed to provoke personal narratives through jewellery. Inspired by pareidolia phenomenon, which is ‘unconsciously to create something meaningful, especially faces, in meaningless shapes’, the collection playing with abstract forms can offer recognisable faces to be worn as earrings, brooches or necklaces.

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Yehau Fan has a comparatively international and diversified background for his university study. Before he completed MA Fashion at Kingston University, he first studied Environmental Art Design for his BA at Gaungxi Arts University, and Light Industry at the Zengzhou University.

During his studies and after graduation, he harvested a vast spectrum of work experience from participating in various industries, ranging from building and landscaping industry, to fashion design.

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Yihong’s collection transforms the spirit of innocent curiosity into wearable works of art. Inspired by childhood memories of stargazing, she has created a set of characters that are present throughout the collection, that enables her narrative to feel simultaneously personal and universal.

Each piece begins as her own intricately detailed illustration that is then brought to life. Her use of silver emphasises the precious nature of the memories being conveyed. Yihong echoes Stephen Hawking, reminding us to “look up at the stars and not down at your feet.”

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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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Taking an abstract concept into design, Yu Ching’s work explores the different facets of love through colour and textile. Colour is used to map the differences in temperature felt by the nuances of love – red for heat and passion, white for simplicity and serenity, black for sadness and torture - whilst textiles are used to represent the physical environment of love.

Using a variation of knitting and weaving techniques, Yu Ching’s garments reveal layer upon layer of hidden detail. Each detail links to a specific aspect of love.

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Yue Cui is a jewellery designer & maker who completed her MA Degree in Jewellery Design at Central Saint Martins in 2018 after the BA Degree in Arts and Crafts at Tsinghua University in China.

Cui’s handmade jewellery collection Animated Companion takes visual inspiration from the active postures of animals. Due to the rapid urbanization in this era, she would like to make her jewellery pieces as a kind of companion especially for the individuals who have wonderful memories of or yearnings for nature and animals.

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Inspired by tailoring and corsetry history, Zexi Yu is quite literally a menswear fairy tale come true. She translated her otherworldly, risqué attitude into garments filled with intricate silhouettes, dutch satin and effeminate detailing.

Yu augmented her garments through elaborate lining and shoulder pad silhouettes. This allowed her to fashion ingenius designs that were further heightened through adept tailoring. The effeminate colours and idea of lingerie allowed her to reinvent menswear in a more open minded way. 

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Zhaoshen Wang is a jewellery, product and 3D designer from Beijing. Wang recently graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA specialising in jewellery.

Wang’s MA project started with the observation and research into the frequent social events around identity that are a characteristic of contemporary European cultures. Events like gay prides, festivals, marches and gatherings. From this standpoint he explores an understanding of personal identities and social values.

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