In the next of our Class of 2015 blog posts we talk to Jinwoong Bang, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear about his work which will be seen on the BA15 Catwalk on the 8th June.
LCF News: Where are you from?
Jinwoong Bang: South Korea
LCF News: Give us one interesting fact about yourself…
JB: I am very normal. I am doing fashion though.
LCF News: Talk us through your final collection…
JB: The idea of this collection came from the mindset prevalent in our society that class is judged by looks.
One of the modern featured working class, Chav sub-culture, is merged into my collection with organic 3D silhouette, implying democratic roles of graffiti sub-culture.
Consequently, class-clothing semiotics is intentionally blurred in this unconventional collection, through the hybrid sports-tailored garments.
LCF News: What techniques or theories did you use to create your final piece of work?
JB: I innovated my own techniques to create organic shape and silhouette using boning, which is the material used to make for corset. It was very difficult to realise those 3d shapes and silhouette with perfect and fine finishing through a pail of samples and toiles.
LCF News: What’s the best thing about LCF?
JB: I love to spend my time at the school library.
LCF News: What’s the best thing about your course?
JB: The tutorials with our head tutor.
LCF News: Have you undertaken any work experience or done a placement whilst at LCF?
JB: I worked for Aitor Throup during the placement term when I was in my second year.
LCF News: What did you learn on your work experience/placement?
JB: It was such a valuable experience to learn how they produce their garments and do projects throughout their unusual process. I was able to learn different working methods and skills, such as how to create new types of fabric by boding two or three different fabrics, as well as how to do cutting, pressing and sewing depending on the type of fabrics.
LCF News: Describe your work in a sentence……
JB: Always developing a solution.
LCF News: What inspires you?
JB: My family, girlfriend and all of friends around me.
LCF News: How do you think your course and LCF will help you achieve your plans?
JB: Our menswear tutors are really helpful. Every project was a valuable lesson in learning fashion: doing teamwork, compromising through collaborations, and work experience in the fashion industry.
LCF News: What advice would you give to someone wanting to study your course?
JB: Be brave and do not hesitate.