LCF BA17 was hosted at Old Spitalfields Market from 6 – 7 June, where students from undergraduate courses had the opportunity to showcase their final work at our exhibition.
Work from fashion photography to journalism to footwear was on show at the exhibition as students from the School of Design & Technology and School of Media & Communication presented their physical and digital work. Nearly 2000 members of the public attended the exhibition over the two days to see the innovative and pioneering our students created this year, making it one of our busiest undergraduate exhibitions to date.
Highlights from this year include BA (Hons) Creative Direction for Fashion graduate Abi Buller and her experiential retail environment. When asked about her project for our Class of 2017 series, she replied, “The primary focus of my project was based on reinforcing the idea of slow fashion, as a response to fast-fashion trends. This was achieved through the simulation of a physical, time-controlled ‘alternative shopping environment’ proposed for Finery. I was able to achieve a holistic retail experience as a response to physical/digital brand experiences, ensuring the two platforms work in tandem.”
Another highlight was BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear graduate Amber Capewell and her collection based on Marrakech, a place she got to travel to after winning LCF’s Fashion Matters Cordwainers travel bursary. She told us, “Islamic jewellery boxes inspired this design – I saw a lot of marble and pearl in Marrakech which inspired me. I love the square block heel on this design and how it all matches up perfectly.”
BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories graduate Sunny Sun offered a refreshing take on accessories design with his The Release Project collection. Sun wanted to create something that combined outdoor, military and sport together. He told us about the story behind bags, “I was a runner and participated in different sporting activities when I was at school. I have always believed in the spirit within sportsmen, which has driven and motivated me and made me want to explore. I wanted to present that spirit in my final collection.”
BA (Hons) Cordwainers Footwear: Product Design and Innovation graduate Eleanor Sinden was another talking point at this year’s exhibition. The footwear she designed was inspired by the National Trust Property, Bateman’s (former home of author Rudyard Kipling). She said her final collection focuses on innovating the traditional, hand-crafted material techniques found within the house. The collection print designs have been influenced by the wall coverings, and hand embroidery is inspired by the curtains and bedspreads.
BA (Hons) Fashion Photography graduate Julie Shashkina and her capturing human souls project also caught the attention of many at the exhibition. Her bold work was displayed across large digital screens in the centre of Old Spitalfields Market.
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