26May2015
A VISUAL QUESTIONNAIRE: THE BEST WAY TO INTERVIEW CREATIVES THROUGH IMAGERY. HAVE A LOOK INSIDE THE MIND OF WILSON PK

Wilson PK certainly got on a high of press attention when Lady Gaga posted a picture of herself lounging on a couch last year, wearing one of his designs. Receiving over 100k likes must mean something, right? So what’s inside the brain of this young CSM graduate, who’s interned for the Queen of experimental fashion design, Iris van Herpen, and who has shown his collections at the Hospital Club? We found out with our visual questionnaire. Where are you now? Where do you wish you were? Who is your favourite artist? What is your favourite film? What is your favourite book? Why did you study fashion? What is your favourite sound? What do you do when you’re stressed out? What makes you laugh? What’s the most impressive craftsman technique you’ve ever seen? If you would have a beard, what would be your style? What do you treasure most in the

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26May2015
SEARCHING FOR MEANING IN KING`S CROSS` LANDSCAPE URBANISM

Recently in Mousse magazine, super-curator Hans Ulrich Obrist asks scientist James Lovelock if he has ever dreamed about “a place where art and science and everything are joined“. Lovelock has not (it’s about time universities are disestablished, he replies), but it is precisely this utopian idea of a space where boundaries between disciplines are overcome, where art re-immerses itself into life, leisure and the grand ecological scale of things, that comes to my mind as I stroll over softly shaped grass landscapes outside the Central Saint Martins building behind Granary Square. What used to be an uncanny non-place in between construction sites has seemingly overnight turned into a futuristic green urban area. Whether we are fond of colourful fountains and overpriced food trucks, making the journey to college through a labyrinth of primary school groups and bearded city dwellers, or not, the redevelopment has certainly brought life to an area which only a few years back was notorious for

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22May2015
31 DESIGNERS FROM THE PARSONS B.F.A. FASHION DESIGN PROGRAM PRESENTED THEIR COLLECTIONS UNDER THE GUISE OF LE SALON DES REFUSÉS

 One of fashion’s curiosities is how closely it follows Newton’s Third Law, the way in which a single force sets course in a season and produces an equal and opposite reaction from those around it. On the same night as the Parsons Fashion Benefit and student runway show, a band of 31 designers from the Parsons B.F.A. fashion design program took to the industrial stretch of the West Side highway to present their collections under the guise of Le Salon des Refusés. Theirs was not so much a “scandalous affront to taste” like the Dejeuner sur l’herbe that Édouard Manet notoriously exhibited at the original salon in France. Nor was it a rejection of establishment by the rejected, so to speak. No, within the smutty black rooms of the Westway nightclub, theirs could be best described as an opportunity to recapitulate and decode the Parsons experience. Was it at all surprising that the

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KIMONOS, KAFTANS AND NAVAL EQUIPMENT: KRISTINA ALIBERTI MIXES EAST WITH WEST AND TRANSLATES IT INTO A COMBINATION OF TEXTILES CRAFTED DIGITALLY AND BY HAND.

There’s no denying that the work of BA Textiles student Kristina Aliberti seems in perfect contact with the body, especially when it’s set in motion. By mixing Asian kimonos, Turkish kaftans and UK naval equipment, she mixes East with West, and translates it into her work by combining the handcrafted with the digital. The kimono/kaftan idea is a metaphor for ‘East meets West’ What does your research consist of? The research topic for my degree in BA Textiles considers how cultures relate to each other by looking into the naval trade between the UK, Japan and Turkey. The starting point of my degree project was back in my hometown in Turkey, where I photographed the local fishermen and their equipment. When I returned to the UK for my studies, I went to the Maritime Museum and the Cutty Sark ship in Greenwich where I discovered the trade link between the

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21May2015
AN ART PIECE BY THE 4D FINE ART STUDENT THAT UNINTENTIONALLY FOUND ITS WAY ON PORNOGRAPHIC CHANNELS, EXPLORES HYPER-NARCISSISM AND THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WHAT THE EYES SEE AND WHAT THE LENS SEES.

We spoke with soon-to-be 4D alumna Elenor Hellis about her ‘image-making performance’ practice, a near run in with the porn industry, and the sickness she feels when presenting a new work. This week we chose to feature her final foundation show film ‘Scanning Performance, 2012’, a week after she finalised her work for the degree show and reflects on the last four years at CSM. Related Nina Davies: Transition as Movement Cling film wrapped bodies and white painted feet: WHITE WASH “Society is shallow and superficial”: The Narcissistic Paintings of Heewon Cho “Materials are fucking expensive!” – Alice Jacobs on the struggles of living the artist life Dennis Vanderbroeck’s Dconstructed collaborations Fine Art Degree Show 2013. The Countdown Begins

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20May2015
A HANDFUL OF VALUABLE LESSONS FROM THE HEAD OF FASHION AND LUXURY AT THE LONDON EVENING STANDARD AND ES MAGAZINE

Maurice Mullen has pretty much seen it all in the publishing industry. As the Head of Fashion and Luxury at The London Evening Standard and ES Magazine, and an eminent member of the British Fashion Council, Mullen has a lot on his plate. Admittedly, he is not the kind who can work with a slow-paced monthly and therefore enjoys the speed of a newspaper. However, not all success stories start with interning at a fashion company aged 19, or studying at CSM: formerly a barrister in Northern Ireland, Mullen moved to London in 1985 to pursue a career in luxury. Last week, we had the privilege of attending a talk he gave at Central Saint Martins, and we wanted to share a few takeaway lessons in luxury from the man who’s an authority on the subject.

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19May2015
` THIS SELFIE SHOULD JUSTIFY MY EXISTENCE ` IS A PERFORMANCE PIECE BY CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS FINE ART STUDENT DENNIS VANDERBROECK THAT INTELLIGENTLY PLAYS WITH CELEBRITY CULTURE AND IDENTITY, MIXED WITH A HEALTHY DOSE OF 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL MEDIA NARCISSISM.

By researching how to construct and deconstruct identity — predominantly looking at the themes of ‘hiding’ and ‘revealing’ — Fine Art student Dennis Vanderbroeck explores the concepts of how to perform life and how to mythologize yourself. By doing so, he mixes art with fashion, merchandise and social media culture. “With blurring the labels between my personal and artistic identity, I create hyper aesthetic images. With using wit and humour, I create playful procedures. Using the perception of the viewer as my starting point, I tend to believe that my work only exists when being watched,” he says, quite philosophically. Now, Dennis is collaborating with designers like Peter Jensen, Bas Kosters and Charles Jeffrey to deconstruct jumpers and artfully create a new statement in the fashion arena.  “The title ‘The Dconstructions collaborations’ includes a paradox of deconstructing something together. Perhaps questioning the difference between fashion and art. Questioning if it

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The second year BA Fashion Print student talks about the power of collage, being lost on Google tangents when researching, and Glamour Pussy plans for the Grayson Perry project.

The rebranded Loewe is a hot topic. Central Saint Martins’ BA Fashion Print aptly tapped into this well, and set a brief for the second year students: to design a tailored jacket and a full outfit for the Spanish fashion house, using a certain percentage of leather. Exactly how much? That seems to be the question. “I think it started with 80% leather and went down to 30%,” says Nathan Korn, a student whose designs comprised fruits mixed with flowers, denim, dungarees and a good dose of screen printing. Did you have any guidelines or restrictions that informed your designs?  With tailoring there are a lot of restrictions, but as far as we were instructed, we only needed a collar and lapel, a set-in sleeve and some sort of pocket. Also, the leather proved difficult to manipulate through the means of tailoring. I think I found a way around that by making

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