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LCFMA21: MA Costume Design for Performance

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  • Written byJ Igiri
  • Published date25 February 2021
homeshell dress
Juliette Ho - MA Costume Design for Performance, Juliette Ho - MA Costume Design for Performance

Showing remarkable resilience and creativity, this cohort of graduates have adapted to showcasing their projects within a digital space, incorporating into their work hopeful messages for the future. The new School of Media and Communication platform developed in collaboration with Twomuch Studio reflects an innovative approach to design, allowing the viewer to feel immersed and connected to each project. View the platform. We have collated a preview of some of the projects from this year's MA Costume Design for Performance LCFMA21 cohort.

close up of model kneeling, wearing marbled and textured pink, red and white bodycon garment, draped in large red and pink flowers strung on a wire cable
Shuyi Zeng - MA Costume Design for Performance, 'Born For...' by Shuyi Zeng - MA Costume Design for Performance
, London College of Fashion, UAL
Born For... by Shuyi Zeng

As an artist and designer who is keeping eyes on the development of technology and its influence on human society, I am interested in presenting my observation and explanation of contemporary society in my work. For my final master project, I aim to adapt the novel Brave New World to explore the genetic engineering technology and its influence on human society, experimenting on a hybrid of physical hand-making technique and digital technology for costume and performance production, to fit in the post-pandemic digitalized world.

The Carer by YunLing Huang

The inspiration for this project was my own experience of taking care of my parents during 2019 and 2020. This period was meaningful to me - previously, I was the one who had been cared for by my parents until some accidents happened and affected my family life.

I wanted to record this reversal of roles in my family. With the project developing, I realised that love exists as a cycle among all humans in any relationship by supporting each other. The Carer is the first work in a series, and I plan to further explore other variations of human love in relationships.

ballerina dressed in intricate pink silk garment with crinoline and ruched details, posed mid-dance
Lisha Zhang - MA Costume Design for Performance, 'E.V.E' by Lisha Zhang - MA Costume Design for Performance
, London College of Fashion, UAL
E.V.E by Lisha Zhang

This project starts off with the cycle of life repeating itself. After a long period of evolution and growth life has flourished into the most glorious era surrounded by picturesque sceneries that channel beauty into the veins of earth breathing and exhaling life until the core of the earth is hit by crisis, with all the good that has accumulated, signs of danger have emerged. The apple in the Garden of Eden is the beginning of the negative emotions. In the apocalypse, life and death have no boundaries and meaning, because all civilization has collapsed. The human race has lost its mind and soul and is struggling to survive in a broken body. Self-destruction is, after all, of man's own making. However after the worst stage, life returns to peace and emerges in a new form or species.

three images of model dancing against a black background, in wearable piece created as an alternative individual mobile living space, shaped as a two piece top and crinoline inspired dancer's skirt
Juliette Ho - MA Costume Design for Performance, 'HOMESHELL' by Juliette Ho - MA Costume Design for Performance
, London College of Fashion, UAL
HOMESHELL by Juliette Ho

Home has played a vital role during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on our home experience throughout the lockdown, HOMESHELL is invented as a humanistic wearable piece created as an alternative individual mobile living space, which crosses and combines the disciplines of fashion, architecture and product design, with an emphasis on spiritual living in Anthroposophy.

model posed in cream linen dress with threaded / woven artefact garment that extends from the waist, and another threaded artefact hovering midair
Anrini Bhattacharyya - MA Costume Design for Performance, 'Thread Tales' by Anrini Bhattacharyya - MA Costume Design for Performance
, London College of Fashion, UAL
Thread Tales by Anrini Bhattacharyya

This is the story of an artisan from India of today’s generation. The dilemma he or she faces is whether to keep the heritage alive or move into a profession for a better livelihood. My performer will be weaving through the thoughts and agony because of the handlooms losing their importance due to the globalisation and machine looms taking over it.

The desire to show the story of a very small but an important community built up during my BA days when I use to go to the weaving clusters and had one to one interaction. I took the opportunity of conveying this message globally since I have a stage now. I have focused on a major part of textiles which is sustainability. I believe the fashion and textile industry has added a huge amount of discarded materials out in the environment. As a design of today’s generation, I feel it’s our responsibility to talk caution steps towards making it a better place.

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