LCF is holding it’s first stand alone MA Womenswear catwalk show on Thursday 19th February. As part of our Graduate Spotlight series we will be speaking to the 12 womenswear students whose final collections will feature in the show. Here LCF News speaks to Kelly Cho. The show will be live streamed from the LCF Channel at 7.30PM GMT on 19th February 2015
LCF News: Tell us about your final collection?
Kelly Cho: ‘The Bag’ is my first collaborative collection with my parents’ jewellery business: the gold metallic belt, name tags and details are products of their brand. Solid structural designs, Glossy black leathers and gold metallic details are the significance of this collection, which creating a mature, sexy, powerful and avant-garde mood. The Bag is an A/W womenswear collection that is an interpretation of Baudrillard’s theory of Simulacra and Simulation (1981), exploring the symbolism of bags. The use of bags throughout the collection acts as the connoted symbol of ‘simulacra’ and represents a ‘desire’ in contemporary fashion.
LCF News: Where did you study prior to your MA at LCF?
KC: I studied BA Womenswear at LCF before my MA study. From my BA, I learnt skills and techniques that were required in my future study and career – such as: pattern making, understanding how a two-dimensional drawing transfers to a three-dimensional garment, distinguishing suitable fabrics for designs, experiencing team projects, creating a portfolio and editing skills using Photoshop and Illustration. I also finished my GCSEs and A-levels in the UK as a keen art scholar. The experience of studying in the UK gave me an opportunity to widen my perspective and be more creative.
LCF News: What are your future plans?
KC: I hope to launch a brand which is a combination of my parents’ jewellery business and my own womenswear study. I would like to launch it in both Europe and Korea.
LCF News: How do you think the course will help you to realise these plans?
KC: Both jewellery and womenswear come into the sphere of fashion, but it is tough to put together a brand which encompasses both and is popular with contemporary women. To achieve this in the future, a plethora of design works and experiments are necessary in my study to build myself into a more confident designer.
LCF News: What advice would you give to anyone considering studying an MA at LCF?
KC: Attending the MA Womenswear course at LCF will allow you to enjoy and benefit from the stimulation and influence which course programmes and your peers will offer. This will allow you to develop and improve your characteristic before getting into the professional fashion field. The course will also offer you new challenges and have the freedom to experiment and be creative.