GRADUATE DESIGNER GALLERY

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PRAVJOT SAMBHI

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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QI WU

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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QIWEI JIANG

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

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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REBECCA HOLMES

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

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

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 WILLIAMS

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

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

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

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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SOHYEON PARK

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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STEVE JIN

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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THOMAS COX

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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WEN YUE ZHANG

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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XIAOQIAN SHAO

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

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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YANA ISTOMINA

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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YEHUA FAN

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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YINGI GOMA

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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YU CHING SHEN

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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ZEXI YU

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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