On Monday, we launched the LCFBA17 season with our annual BA graduate fashion show, this year hosted by Old Spitalfields Market. Press and industry professionals gathered for the show, which took place right in the heart of the market, showcasing talent from across our undergraduate Class of 2017.
Unconventionally the show was divided into six unique acts that presented a series of moments rather than full collections, as models graced the floor and walked around a centre piece of the exhibition. It was fun and fast paced, with a strong performance element and unique soundtracks for each section. Below we share some images from each of the acts. All photography by Roger Dean.
Opening the show in Act I – The Exertive Pillage, we saw nine collections featuring collaborative work from across a number of LCF courses including womenswear, jewellery, bespoke tailoring, textiles print and embroidery and hair and makeup for fashion, all of which showed off the students’ imagination, ambition and specialist skills.
We spoke to Naruhiro Iizawa before the show, who told us he has previously studied architecture before womenswear, and he mentioned how challenging it was to incorporate building materials into his final collection. Aasia D’Vaz-Sterling who we interviewed for the Class of 2017 series also showed her collection ‘So you’re coming to Britain?’ which was a collaboration with print textiles student Hannah Zahran.
Act 2 – An Architechtural Pursuit featured work from four womenswear students; Chorong Lim, Clara Chu, Xenia Telunts, and Seah Shao Fen, along with work form fashion contour student Nensi Dojaka and menswear students Sam Andrews and Judy Li.
Act 3 – Autonomous Appraisal featured work by womenswear students Feben Vemmenby, Maximillian Davis, and Alyna Wadsworth.
It also showed collections from menswear student Alice Constance Beavis and a collaboration between bespoke tailoring student Jack Goode and Ismail Laraqui from BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation who did all of the leather work.
The interlude between the acts was a spoken word performance by artists wearing Shanice Palmer’s collection, which was inspired by her life and upbringing in multicultural London. She worked with a textiles student on the fabrics where they demonstrated their mutual love for the colour gold, in a big bold statement bomber jacket.
Act 4 – Projection featured more collaborative work between print and embroidery textiles and womenswear students. Holly Markham, Maggie Santos and Olivia Hands Ward presented a bold and colourful collection exploring hand embroidered fabrics, vibrant prints and innovative fabrics.
Other collections and collaborations that featured in this act were by Dania Shinkar, Ella Hunt and Claudia Sentoso from fashion textiles print, and Inae Sung and Holly Falcus from womenswear.
The penultimate act, Act V Raspberry Reticence (Swirl) was kicked of with two contour collections by Georgina Lily Rouse and Samuel Lucas.
BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear students who showed collections included Adefolarin Rhodes, Maria-Xiasi Zhou, Chenglin Wang, Zhiqing Zhang who worked with Zoe Thomas on textile prints, Jing Zhou, Melanie Weiai Mao and Kate Tseng.
Finally, Act VI – Othering, brought the show to a close. We saw work from Xiuxuan Li who studied menswear and also collaborated with footwear student Caroline Klemp. From womenswear we saw work from Yilei Huang, Manhong Zhang, Julie Emma El-Bacha, Daseul Kim, and Kyo Yun Park who worked with Dongwon Kim on the footwear. Hirosho Goto was the only student from the BA (Hons) Fashion Design and Development course to show his collection.
Sarah Louise Hardwick, the only student to show from the BA (Hons) Costume for Performance course closed the show with her costume, which was inspired by the vampire brides in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. She created a gothic, animalistic piece with feathers and leather.
Thank you to everyone who tuned into the livestream and to everyone who made it down to the show. Since Monday it has been featured across a number of publications including the London Evening Standard, Hunger Magazine, Pause Magazine, Not Just a Label and WWD.
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