As our BA14 season comes to a close we look at the final students from across our undergraduate courses who will be graduating this summer as part of our Class of 2014 series. Today we speak to BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear student Daniel Pascal Tanner. Daniel opened the BA14 Runway show last week. Here he talks about his final collection and his future plans.
LCF What have you enjoyed most about studying at LCF?
Daniel Pascal Tanner: The opportunity to develop an understanding of my identity and to express it creatively through my work.
LCF: Have you won any prizes / been in the media / undertaken work experience?
DPT: I was awarded a Dancer’s Career Development Bursary and the Nicholas Samuel Celebratory Scholarship. Both of which helped my studies enormously. I did an internship at Meadham Kirchoff and entered the MUUSE competition. My final collection images featured on Vogue.co.uk and I was interviewed for BBC as well as my local newspaper.
LCF: What inspires you?
DPT: I am inspired by people who aren’t afraid to show their true self!
LCF: What is most important to you when designing?
DPT: The synergistic relationship between the texture and colour of fabrics and crystallising the research ideas into tangible realities.
LCF: How would you sum up your graduate collection?
DPT: The collection is my honest representation of my understanding of sexuality and gender identity. It is a deconstruction of fashion from the perspective of a man studying womenswear and integrating these ideas with feminism and ideals of equality.
LCF: Who would your ideal customer be and why?
DPT: An individual who is daring and experimental in her fashion choices. Someone who doesn’t simply buy garments because they are “on trend” or because they make them look “sexy”. Instead, someone who wears clothes to create and reflect the person they want to be not who they think they should be.
LCF: What are your plans for the future? And how do you feel your course will help you?
DPT: My aim is to continue to develop my aesthetic and gain some valuable experience working in the industry. I am considering applying for an MA with a view to setting up my own label. The course has given me a structure and framework to approach any project. I now have the confidence and skills to use an analytical method to get the best results possible.
LCF: What advice would you give someone wanting to study for a BA at LCF?
DPT: Be prepared to work extremely hard. A BA in fashion design becomes a way of life. The more you put in to it, the more you will get out. Its not just about the work, it’s an investment in yourself and your future.