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Graduate Spotlight 2015: Ka Kui Cheng

Ka Kui Cheng
Ka Kui Cheng

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08 January 2015

MA Menswear‘s Ka Kui Cheng, who also goes by the name of Billy, is next up in our Graduate Spotlight series. Ka Kui’s collection comprises of graphic prints, knits and tailoring.

To see Ka Kui’s and the other 11 students involved’s collections tune in to the MA Menswear Catwalk livestream  tomorrow at 11am GMT. 

Ka Kui Cheng

Image from MA Menswear Graduate Ka Kui Cheng’s final collection. Photgrapher: Felix Cooper, Styling: Jeanie Annan Lewin

LCF News: Tell us about your final collection?

My concept explores cultural ignorance among tourists. It asks does our understanding of different cultures grow alongside the increased amount of travelling around the globe? Does it necessarily broaden and deepen our knowledge of the places we visit? To what extent do people really know their destinations and cultures? Tourists may buy souvenirs and take photographs but how much do they learn about other countries and their cultures by seeing only the surface? Does this exaggerate the clichéd aspects of each country? I interpreted these clichés as graphics on my garments. This presents a cynical way of questioning how much one knows about the destination by simply wearing something iconic from that place.

LCF News: Where did you study prior to your MA at LCF?

School of Design, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

LCF News: What are your future plans?

My plan is to find a design job within a high fashion company. This could be in womenswear or menswear, but probably in knitwear design as this is what I’m most experienced in. Having my own label is also an option, but on the condition that I have financial support.

LCF News: How do you think the course will help you to realise these plans?

It has helped me to better understand my strengths and weaknesses and what I like most.

LCF News: What advice would you give to anyone considering studying an MA at LCF?

Firstly, ask yourself what do you want to gain from this MA? Be positive, be self-motivated, be open-minded and listen, be focused. Enjoy studying with less drama and work harder. Share and learn from your peers.