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MA15 Graduate Spotlight: Thien Trang Bui

Thientrang Bui
Thientrang Bui

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06 January 2015

MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear student Thien Trang Bui is next in our MA15 Graduate Spotlight series.

Thien Trang discusses the themes of her collection, her future plans and the importance of keeping an open mind. Remember to tune in to the MA Menswear Catwalk livestream at 11am GMT on Friday 9th January.

Thientrang Bui

Image from Thien Trang Bui’s final collection. Photgrapher: Felix Cooper

LCF News: Tell us about your final collection?

My collection, ‘The Self Rule’ is based on the philosophy of incorporating luxury into an everyday lifestyle. Growing up, luxuries such as clothing or precious china were wrapped up and reserved for special occasions. In today’s society however, the definition of luxury has evolved not only in terms of monetary value, but also in accordance with our consumer lifestyles. Our society’s fast-paced and ever changing way of life makes it important that our clothing and way of dress properly manage our external appearances – affirming our social or personal statuses. While modes of dressing have adopted a more casual aesthetic due to consumer lifestyles, this collection integrates the delicacy of formal fabrics such as silk and lace in ordinary staple garments such as the simple t-shirt. My collection adapts to the male consumers’ modern lifestyle whilst maintaining the essence of everyday luxury.

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

I received my BA in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

LCF News: What are your future plans?

I’m going to keep moving forward. I am uncertain about what the future holds, but I am both open and excited to start the next chapter of my life.

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

The journey of completing the MA Menswear course at LCF has taught me that patience and resilience are essential to keeping a level head. This is important not only in personal, but also professional settings.

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

Be open but also remember to stay true to yourself.

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