INTERVIEWS RICHARD SORGERFollowing our invitation to attend Kingston Universities’ 11th MA catwalk show, we were fortunate enough to speak to the Associate Professor and Course Leader for MA Fashion at Kingston, Richard Sorger.
Richard has an extremely impressive and vast expertise within the fashion industry. From teaching, designing, co-authoring; Richard has done it all. Richard began his teaching immediately after graduating, having taught all levels of fashion education from undergraduate to postgraduate at an extensive list of renowned universities including Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and of course, Kingston University.
CLAUDIA CARPENTIERThe French girl with Caribbean roots you are about to see everywhere. Olive-skinned and raven-eyed, she is without a doubt one of the most impressive models to rise through the ranks.
Attending A-List events such as Cannes International Film Festival and giving her all to charity events such as AMFAR, where millions of pounds are raised and friends with high-ranking celebs such as David Beckham and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Claudia is never content with merely keeping up, she is absolutely owning it. We caught up with the impressive individual to talk dream projects, red carpet appearances and helping both others and the environment.
FEIFEI YANGGrowing up in the early 90’s in Guangzhou, China at the height of Japanese and American cultural influences, Feifei Yang’s childhood was dominated by the influx of Western pop music and Japanese cartoons. With nostalgia acting as a strong influencer, her designs innately drew from the two elements.
Parallels in architecture and clothing are endeavours explored in Fei Fei Yang’s eponymous collection. The intentions behind both subjects are simple: to house the human body through design. She spends much of her time extracting elements from both realms, where she develops unique methods of draping, fitting and cutting.
SHUR RUITZShur Ruitz says relax. Inundated by the fast pace of modern society, Ruizi Shi has gone back to ancient philosophy to find peace and tranquility, two ideals that run her everyday life and work ethic. Throughout her tranquil journey, she has come to realise that “the heart does not need to be enriched through flashy things”, a mantra that is evident through her simplistic designs.
Balance also runs through Ruizi’s day-to-day life, a synthesis of work and leisure, allocating her time capturing inspirational moments through collaging and drawing and reading books in her downtime. An old soul, she removes herself from the hustle and bustle of city life by finding solace in visiting temples which has quickly become one of her favourite pastimes.
TIANTIANThe eponymous brand, tiantian, solidified its place in fashion early when they received the ASOS LTD100 award in 2009 and getting praise from fashion’s harshest critics, Susie Bubble and Markus Lupfer. Heralded for her keen eye for digital prints, she takes inspiration from nature and uses motifs of landscapes and flowers to amplify her refined tailoring.
On designing clothes, Tian’s philosophy is as follows: “for every first-class design and product, much time is needed to be spent on their creation”. Turning her back on the need for speed to vie for a spot amongst fast fashion’s competitors, Tian’s unwavering practice has proved true the old adage: slow and steady wins the race.