GRADUATE WOMENSWEAR DESIGNERS


ABIGAIL SKRENTNY

Abigail Skrentny designs sports luxe womenswear focusing on the mood of her research. Ordinary stories of childhood and growing up, that are often overlooked, have continually inspired her. She views them through a dreamy and nostalgic lens showing rich emotions.

Abigail studied for her BA (Hons) in Fashion Design at Winchester School of Art leaving with a First-Class degree and receiving the Nancy Balfour Award for excellence. Her particular strengths are in research and meticulous cut and construction.

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ADIAM ELIAS

ADIAMELIAS is a Womenswear label that explores and experiments with creative techniques and methods of pattern-cutting.

"Bodies are sites of representation, are not only physical but communicative" (Atkinson, 1971)

The SS/19 collection is inspired by body modification, body modification transcends any cultural boundaries. During the process of design development Adiam looked at both the primitive and modern primitive practises in a contemporary society where consumer culture uses the body as a representation as well as a display of a source of identity.

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ALICE CALLUM

Alice Callum draws from the elements of performance art, theatrical presences and art within everyday life to form a collection, which promotes the individual, the unique and the weird. The essence of performance is seen in our daily lives, whether we perform through our clothes and appearance or hobbies and interests, each person stands within a performance of their own.

The collection focuses on developing individuality and performance through textile embellishment and detail. Focus on appliqué and beading combined with contrasting fabrics and bold colours addresses the outlandish themes and core of performance with the body as the medium.

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ALICE HENFREY

Disturbed twists, contorted shapes and hung elements perfectly describe Alice Henrey’s maximalist sports luxe graduate collection.

Inspired by historical sportswear silhouettes from her dad’s personal Olympic magazine collection, Alice established large billowing shapes in contrast to tight restrictive bodies, which became the foundation silhouette throughout her collection.

Due to her hyper feminine and flamboyant style, Alice has worked alongside the likes of Marc Jacobs in New York and her designs have also been worn by singer, Jorja Smith in Paper Magazine.

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AMY THOMSON

Amy Thomson’s graduate collection focuses on fashion as a canvas for art, using hand rendered illustrations and surface prints to tell a narrative. Drawing on the details is the ethos to her graduate collection; blurring the lines between fashion design and illustration with contemporary awareness and innovation.

Her collection focuses on hand illustrative details throughout allowing her to design garments that relate to a particular character in a 3D way. By creating a narrative, Amy builds relationships with different audiences, addressing issues and values allowing the wearer to express issues they connect to through clothing.

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AMBER MAY

Amber May is a Textile designer based in London, specialising in fashion accessories. With a background in Fine art, Fashion and Textiles, the collections use experimental mixed media.

Currently, her collection explores ancient hand techniques that glorify the skill of craftmanship. Inspired by the beauty of boldily kinesthetic intelligence, particularly within hand crafted Thai architecture, the collection reflects this through modern colours, materials and fabric construction.

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BETHAN CURRIE

Colour and labour intensive textile techniques are the key aspects of Bethan's creations, as well as personal and meaningful narratives. She designs for a woman who is feminine, fearless and with a sense of humour.

Drawing on her interests in retro aesthetics and interiors, Bethan’s final collection, “NUKE KID ON THE BLOCK”, began with a hunt to find 1970s bathrooms full of vibrant colour and intricate textures. As her design philosophy often incorporates narrative, Bethan was drawn to stories of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.

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BOYANG JIANG

For her MA Fashion graduate collection at Kingston University, BoYang chose to depict the relationship between moving bodies and clothing. She turned to contemporary dance for inspiration and looked at alternative patternmaking theories to best create garments for a body in motion.

The two inspirations for her collection came from famous choreographer and dancer Silvia Gribaudi and the patternmaking specialist Rickard Lindqvist – Through this research, BoYang was able to inspect the different elements of dance to identify the correlation between expression and movement. She then transformed these movements into her garment patterns.

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CAROLINE PERINO

Caroline Perino is a Brazilian fashion designer based in London, having previously graduated in BA Fashion in Brazil, and studied in Central Saint Martin in London.

When she graduated from the MA Fashion Course from Kingston University in London, Perino was amongst the selected few to represent Kingston at the annual London MA Fashion Show. In addition, she was granted with two sponsorships, one from Swarovski, and the other from Bottonificio Padano.

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CHAERIN LEE

Chaerin Lee is a graduate of MA Fashion Design at Kingston University, where she developed strong interest in womenswear, sportswear, fabric development and print design.

Her collection concept "Colourful Life" is based on colour theory and seeks to help people in modern societies recover from fatigue and lighten their mood. As colour is known to have an impact of human emotion, Lee's aim is to design colourful sportswear to make people feel energetic.

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CHARLOTTE MOORE

Charlotte Moore is a Womenswear designer telling a story of love and people being able to express themselves. Charlotte studied BA Fashion Design at Birmingham City University where she gained a First Class Honours degree.

Charlotte loves using and expressing her designs through colour and playing upon the line which divides fantasy from reality. Charlotte sees how people are allowed to express themselves and take on personas that they come to believe are real. 

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CHARLOTTE THOMPSON

London College of Fashion jewellery graduate, Charlotte Emma Thompson style is filled with feminine, ethereal and delicate notes. During her course, Charlotte developed her aesthetics and used it as a fundamental part of me becoming a woman and working out who she was.

Her collection ‘Babygirl’, is a celebration of the strength in sisterhood. In a current world of strong male politics culture, her project embodies the power in femininity and girlhood.

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CHRISTINA SEEWALD

Christina’s research topic HAUFEN is concerned with sexual dependency and interdependency between individuals. Many people in big cities like London have the desire to be independent, but at the same time a craving for the intensity that comes from interdependency. (Nan Goldin)

In order to get inspiration she collaborated with Jelly Luise, to make a mood film that would support her final collection in terms of colours, shapes and structure. Their common research expanded, considering movement and time as well as bodies in relation to each other.

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CLAIRE TAGG

Claire Tagg uses detailed print work in an illustrative style based on narrative to design her pieces. By combining structured and soft fabrics in a neutral colour palette she creates elegant shapes that are further enhance through elaborate detailing in the form of embellishment and embroidery.

Claire’s collection tells the story of her journey to become an air stewardess. A series of illustrations printed onto the garments show how she perceived herself as an air stewardess; looking elegant whilst wearing an airline uniform with pride.

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DESREE AKORAHSON

Desree Akorahson’s concept ’The Revival’ is based on her curiosity of nature and the issue of many rare flora and fauna becoming extinct. She decided to take on the role of a botanist who travels the world, collecting the seeds of rare flowers and plants because in years to come we may never see them at the height of their beauty.

In her own way, Desree wanted to create memories, like the botanists and revive the extinct by creating bold, colourful prints and garments that reflect the magnificence of what came from nature itself.

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EDEN KESHIA

Eden Keshia specialises in avant-garde womenswear and hand-painted designs. Having a love for embellishment, surface patterns and textures inspire her to create unique garment finishes that are made up of intricate hand-painted and embroidered elements.

A fixation with colour and fabric manipulation generates designs, which feature a variety of stimulating fabrics, prints and colour ways. Eden appreciates an assiduous design process, which appeal to a multitude of senses, developing them into more than just aesthetic pieces.

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ERICKA SANTIAGO

Ericka Santiago studied Fashion Design at the Arts University Bournemouth. Since starting her degree, she took an interest in Unisex Fashion and has continued to push this forward throughout her degree. Ericka is a designer that challenges gender norms and often use colour and print to do this. Inspired by art, society and culture, her designs often reflect social and cultural issues.

Her collection centres on the portrayal of her parents' culture - the Philippines.

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GEMMA HILL

Gemma is a recent graduate designer based in York, she graduated from Leeds Arts University in 2018 with a BA hons degree in Fashion Design.

She has always been proud of her northern roots and appreciates the beauty of her city and its surrounding countrysides. By using the local nature and gardens of North Yorkshire as a main source of inspiration, Gemma’s Graduate collection has a notion of texture and surface pattern which have been formed into a crafted like feeling with an essence of nature. With her fascination of illustrative and textured detailing, she was instantly drawn to the idea of creating garments of tactility and surface.

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HAIPU ZENG

Haipu Zeng studied womenswear at London College of Fashion and is currently based in Shanghai. She explores how individuals move beyond the straightforward notion of similarity towards a freewheeling, fabulously grey area where clothes push the boundaries of originality. Her designs express contrasts of wanting to stand out yet still remain within a group, allowing her collection to evolve into a scenic paradox of keeping to society’s standards while extending a fashion identity.

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HAN ZHU

Han Zhu brings both traditional and ancient Chinese history to her pieces. Inspired by her cultural heritage, she translates the past into modern fashion.

Wanting to express lifestyle and attitude through her designs, Han uses a range of different fabric and fine embroidery details in order to embrace Chinese art and virtuosity.

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ILONA HARS

Ilona Hars is a Norwegian luxury womenswear designer based in London, graduated from Istituto Marangoni, London.

Her work is known for its strong colours and its embroidery and embellishment details expressed in an elegant, yet contemporary and playful way, exploring ways of using old fashioned hand work techniques in contemporary ways.

The name of her graduate collection is ‘Ut pa tur aldri sur’, which is a Norwegian saying that means ‘no, you'll never be grumpy when going hiking, because activity and sports lead to joy and health’.

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JEONGHYEON HAHN

Jeonghyeon Hahn is a South Korean designer who graduated from Kingston University Masters in Fashion in 2018. Her work which falls under the category of 'deconstructivism’ often tend to exhibit androgynous traits by focusing on the basics of clothing. She seeks distinction by augmenting the feminine sentiments. While her current project was based on deconstructivism, the designs were refined and feminine traits were subtly added.  

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JIN LEE

Jin Lee’s collection is themed around a combination of coexistence and conflict condition within feminism. Inspired by Colette, a New York feminist artist in the 70s, Jin’s designs would follow a similar aesthetic, in which both were affected by a maximalist environment and contrasts between soft materials and outdoor chaos.

Being a woman in the 21st century is very different from what it was like thirty years ago. Nowadays, women are told to be independent, strong creatures and not just soft and nurturing. Jin’s graduate collection combines the two emotions, both delicate and vigorous.

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JIYEON LEE

Jiyeon Lee’s graduate collection inspiration came from washing machines. One button is pressed and everything is spinning and all twisted together. She felt that her identity was also tangled up within that. Following the wash, the clothes are hung out to dry, which is where her thoughts also straighten out. The silhouettes and prints are from a laundry process, for example, what happens inside the washing machine and the shapes of the clothes when they are hung out to dry.

In this collection, the key prints are mixed colour and crumpled, wet fabrics. As very common patterns are transformed inside the washing machine, unique print and textiles are reinvented.

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JISU KANG

Jisu Kang grew up in South Korea, which heavily inspired her when it came to designing her collection. The area she grew up in was nature-friendly yet scientifically developed. Jisu picked up on these two juxtapositions and learnt how they coexist in one city. Combining both science and art from her hometown, Jisu used this to develop a flexible way of thinking when it came to her work.

Jisu expresses her emotions and thoughts through her surroundings and experiences in daily life. She turned her negative experience with depression into something positive by using it to inspire her graduate collection.

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JOOHYE EMMA PARK

Having completed BA in Fashion in South Korea, Joohye Emma Park moved to London to pursue for her MA degree in Fashion at Kingston University. Her graduate collection is a manifesto which talks about the emancipation of women’s bodies, focused particularly on feminism. Her investigation into feminism has led her to question herself: whether she was a genuine feminist, or simply a trend follower. This contributed on her thinking about the authenticity with an additional question: Why has she become a feminist?

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JOSEFINE ALMASANU

Josefine Almasanu’s designs tells a story of escapism, with a mood inspired from fantasy and nature. She is heavily influenced by costume design and historic dress such as the Victorian and Romanic eras. Furthermore, she tries to explore current issues in her work to give it modern relevance and reflect some of the ideals and debates from our time, while also keeping a sense of the past.

For a fantasy element, Almasanu often researches folklore for inspiration, especially influenced by Romanian and Scandinavian folktales, as this ties in with her own heritage.

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KELLY ATTENBERGER

Kelly Attenberger created a casual luxury womenswear collection 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. Dances were performed in absence of traditional dress, creating the culture of Native Americans in the open wilderness by a lake and fire.

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KEJIA WUCHENG

Kejia Wucheng was born in Wuhan, the centre of China, and was raised in Shanghai, a cosmopolitan along the East Coast of China. She spent three years in Singapore to pursue her BA in Fashion degree, and in 2017 achieved her MA Fashion degree at Kingston University in London.

A large part of Kejia's life has been around moving from one cosmopolitan to another, and getting influenced significantly by their unique culture. She is also interested in architecture, as she believes architecture forms the most influencing symbol for any city.

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LAURA CAPELLO

Having travelled around Switzerland and Vienna, Laura Capello learnt about handcrafting techniques within women's tailoring. Her current collection is based on the combination of the Victorian times and sci-fi spacesuits. Both areas of highly detailed clothing and both having their own way of elegance.

Achieving a look which is feminine, elegant, modern and sexy was what Laura focussed on creating. With a simple colour palette and an eye for construction and detail, the collection has a clean grown up feel for a sophisticated woman.

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LIZA KAIN

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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LYDIA FUNG SZE KI

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 WILLIAMS

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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MATILDA ABERG

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 STRANGE

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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MICHELLE MCAULEY

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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ODELLA YUE

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 SERCHENKO

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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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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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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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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SHAMIMA MUSARRAT

Shamima’s collection ‘Conflicted Heritage’ focuses on the inner struggles that exist within all of us in various aspects of our lives, which shape us to be the individuals we are.

This particular project explores her own conflicting thoughts and emotions that arise out of a need to construct an identity that considers all of the flavours of her different cultures.

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TRANG HOANG

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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VINCENT LAPP

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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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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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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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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