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New Exhibition Celebrates Deep Lee’s Life


Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
01 October 2014

I'mDeep_01This autumn Central Saint Martins is staging an exhibition to celebrate the life of student Deep Lee, who was killed in a tragic accident near King’s Cross station in 2011.

I’m Deep – What physically remains as time goes by… has been curated in collaboration with Deep’s partner, Kenji Hirasawa. This exhibition will highlight Deep’s life as a designer, showcasing sketches, illustrations, garments and a recreation of her work studio.

The core of Deep’s design was craftsmanship. In her notebook she quoted Richard Sennet, writing: “The craftsman names a basic human impulse: the desire to do a job well for its own sake.

“Although the word may suggest a way of life that waned with the advent of industrial society, Sennett argues that the craftsman’s realm is far broader than skilled manual labour; the computer programmer, the doctor, the parent, and the citizen need to learn the value of good craftsmanship today.”

Pursuing her dream
Deep was from South Korea and came to London to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer by studying menswear design at Central Saint Martins.

She was about to start making her graduation collection, but died cycling to College on the first day of her final semester. Cycling was central to Deep’s lifestyle and it seems unimaginable that she lost her life doing something she loved.

University of the Arts London and Deep Lee’s family created the Deep Lee Award for final-year menswear design students in 2012. We hope that the award encourages younger generations to value and explore craftsmanship. To make a donation to the Deep Lee Award Fund contact Catherine Demoisy.

The exhibition will run from 3 to 24 October in window D of the College’s window galleries, to the left of the barriers. Visit it Monday to Sunday, 10am to 6pm.