Introducing Class of 2015 FdA Fashion Styling and Photography, now BA (Hons) Fashion: Styling and Photography (Top-Up), student Milly Shotter. LCF News caught up with Milly to find out more about her time at LCF, her work, and the influences behind it.
Where are you from?
Milly Shotter: Durham – North East of England!
Give us one interesting fact about yourself…
MS: I used to be a steam train hostess!
Talk us through your final project/collection/research/piece…
MS: My final project is a ‘zine both to be printed and as an online platform that revolves around re-cycling and re-appropriating. All clothes will be sourced second hand/altered or made by myself. Abstract everyday objects will also be incorporated within the styling to add a fine art element. I’m also collaborating with an artist who will re-appropriate items from Free-cycle into art pieces. The majority of clothes and items will then be re-presented online for people to take and use within their own context.
What do you love about what you do?
MS: I love the creativity and the collaborations. Problem solving is also a big part of styling and creative direction so when you do overcome the challenges it feels really rewarding, especially when after all the hard work you have an amazing shoot or project to show for it.
What is the story behind your final piece of work?
MS: The whole project is about a 360 process and about encouraging people to be creative within their means and with resources readily available to them rather than chasing constant consumption of fast fashion.
What techniques or theories did you use to create your final piece of work?
MS: Styling-wise I was very hands on – altering and making a lot of the pieces and trying to find ways of making each piece of clothing interesting. I looked a lot at current and past designers and collections that showed the aesthetic I was aiming for – Raf Simons, Comme des Garcons, Claire Barrow. In terms of theories I looked in to the Dada movement and Marcel Duchamp’s ‘readymades,’ as well as looking at Punk, the concept of bricolage and the place of recycling in current society.
What’s the best thing about LCF?
MS: LCF has loads of great resources, for example on our course we have access to book up to about 10 hours studio time per term which is amazing considering how expensive studios can be! It’s also a great place to meet other creatives who you can collaborate with on projects in and outside of uni.
What’s the best thing about your course?
MS: We have some great tutors on our course this year. The key for me is that I know all our tutors previously have and currently still are heavily involved and working within the fashion industry. That reassures me they have relevant knowledge to pass on, rather than just ‘theory’. We also have some really great industry guest lectures in our classes, which are always inspiring.
Have you won any prizes?
MS: Earlier this year I was selected by Glass magazine for #newcomersnight for my styling work. Other than that I think I once won a fancy dress party when I was 10.
Have you undertaken any work experience or done a placement whilst at LCF?
MS: I have assisted ever since I first arrived in London for uni. I knew how important it would be in this industry and always find I learn more from people and experiences than a classroom. My experience includes assisting various stylists on editorials, commercial and music projects and interning at Vogue UK. In terms of securing experience, the first stylist I assisted was the 1 out of about 20 people I emailed, who replied to me and took me on! The rest of my jobs have been from word of mouth and recommendations, so it really can all come from that 1 initial foot in the door (and lots of hard work!)
Have you met or been inspired by any speakers from the industry whilst at LCF?
MS: I attended a conversation with Alice Goddard – a stylist who founded the magazine Hot and Cool. She has a great aesthetic and vision. Katie Baron was another great speaker, she’s involved in so many aspects of the fashion industry and really helped me to think about the future of fashion and the direction my generation can take it, which is a really exciting prospect.
Describe your work in five words…
MS: Conceptual, raw, DIY, real, lo-fi.
Do you have a muse? If so, who and why?
MS: I don’t have a specific muse but I’m constantly inspired by people and the general public. Particularly people who clearly aren’t involved within the fashion industry, maybe like a tourist on the tube or an elderly couple walking down the street. Small details of how people put themselves together or the hints of their personality you can see through a few minutes of observing them on the street or bus.
How do you think your course and LCF will help you achieve your plans?
MS: I think my course has really helped me to focus on developing an aesthetic true to myself. I think that initial development is so important because it’s so easy to be overwhelmed by all the amazing talent and variations of creativity out there that sometimes you forget you have your own unique take on things to present to the world. At the same time LCF and UAL provide an amazing opportunity to collaborate with and meet other creatives that have a similar vision to your own, which would be really hard otherwise.