Grace Son talks about trusting her mind’s guts when designing; interpreting the bodily movements of cats, and translating them into garments for her Graduate Diploma in Fashion collection.

Yesterday we published an interview with David Kappo, MA Fashion tutor at the Royal College of Art, and the course leader of the Graduate Diploma in Fashion at Central Saint Martins; today we share the last instalment of our recent series, showing the work of Grace Son who based her final collection on the flexibility of cats — a project that perfectly illustrates the current feline obsession of society at-large. Can you point out one good and one bad memory of this year spent at Central Saint Martins? A good memory is from the last day of the fabric project in the first term: my class had a group photo for the first time; we were a bit awkward together, but we had fun! What was the main inspiration for your collection? My final collection is about the flexibility of cats. I think that their flexibility makes them the most unique creatures

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02August2015
How David Kappo, the renowned fashion tutor at Central Saint Martins and Royal College of Art makes students keep turning fashion on its head, over and over again.

David Kappo is perhaps the ultimate embodiment of the spirit of St. Martins. He has frequented the halls of the institution since before its merging with Central School of Art and Design, and remains one of the most prominent tutors in the institution as he directs CSM’s Graduate Diploma while lecturing at the Royal College of Art’s MA course. We invited Kappo, dressed extravagantly in floral tunic and bejewelled en masse, for breakfast at Dishoom, to hear how Louise Wilson once saved him from a tranny shop in SoHo and why it’s important to have the courage to wear what you design.

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31July2015
How executive fashion producer Laura Holmes rose to the top of her game, while keeping it personal and always on point.

I find Laura Holmes deeply engaged in a phone call as I make my way through an enormous photo shoot in Three Mill Studios, a Hollywood-like warehouse complex in East London. They are shooting a new campaign for a major luxury house hold name, and we stroll past extraordinary set designs and tables with the lavish new shoe range before finding a quiet spot in the catering area, to speak about the company that is Laura Holmes Production.

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31July2015
The Antwerp-based fashion designer has grafted a steady business for the past two decades without any support or interference from conglomerate groups. He tells the young generation why they should take a radical approach in creating a business, and why it’s okay to have a mega empire like Paul Smith and sell wearable clothes.

Stephan Schneider is not your ordinary ‘Belgian’ designer. As one of the first foreign generations to graduate from the Antwerp Fashion Department in the 90s, the German-born designer is “for sure not Boheme, radical, dark or gothic,” he says as he compares himself with the Antwerp Six, and past graduates from the institution that have established a distinct ‘made in Belgium’ signature. His clothes, in contrast, are very ‘wearable’: something that may be considered very mature or even ‘commercial’ compared to the extravagancy seen at the students’ final year show of the Academy, where he acted as a jury member this year.

In a much accelerated industry, Stephan keeps his head cool and doesn’t go through as much change as perhaps other brands would. In fact, the leopard print carpet in his shop is exactly the same as it was when he first opened it 20 years ago. The age doesn’t show in the interior, and neither does it show in Stephan’s energy when he talks about his steady career. “I enjoy this old dusty house,” he says. “I wanted to make fashion that was solid and that I could live from.”

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30July2015
Fashion Communication and Promotion graduate Leonard Arceo produces a magazine that examines youth, sexuality and representation in contemporary fashion photography.

When Leonard Arceo graduated with his masterly skilled cohort from Central Saint Martin’s cross-disciplinary course Fashion Communication and Promotion, he presented Romeo Magazine, an elegant publication that reminds you of the playful innocent years of youth, where sexuality and adulthood remained abstract terms. We spoke to its editor-in-chief Leonard Arceo, who thinks that a new male figure is taking over fashion, substituting the Bruce Weber beefcakes that we’ve gotten so accustomed to. Leonard Arceo was born in the Philippines, but grew up in Tokyo before arriving in London to start his studies at Central Saint Martins. He was attracted to the school’s open curriculum and space for experimentation. “CSM is about pushing boundaries without limits, and to me that was very important for creativity,” he explains over e-mail. Fashion Communication and Promotion, a course he describes to be for the “Jack of all trades kind of creatives,” offered the diversity

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28July2015
Interview with designer and Royal College of Art graduate Zhujing Jiang, who translates the experience of architecture into pink-shaded garments.

Already in her native Chengdu, a city in the South West of China, Zhujing had been familiar with the mythological Royal College of Art, mainly through her art tutor in her BA programme, who had cooperated with the institution previously. “The college sounded like a big family to me,” she says, “I always imagined to come here and become part of it.” Her dream came true as she was accepted to the prestigious MA course, but along with it came a huge culture shock when she relocated to London; her first time out of China, she was met by an overwhelming and individualist city that left her on her own. For Zhujing, it was not just a transition from one education form to another, but a push to wholly reconsider her practice and cultural identity. “I rarely knew anyone, and had big problems to communicate with people,” she recalls. “I

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27July2015
Like a scene from a low-budget adventure movie, Central Saint Martins graduate Tingzhi Liu developed her graduate collection as she went quad biking with four girlfriends in Morocco, dressed in Dior, Dries van Noten and Balmain.

Since childhood, Central Saint Martins graduate Tingzhi Liu, originally from Singapore, has loved dressing up. She mixes personal memories and fashion-historical research as she constructs voluptuous gowns in an explosion of textiles and prints. It was quad biking in the Moroccan desert with friends from the Dior studio in Paris that led to the formation of Liu’s romantic, desert glamour; constructing an image while balancing color, proportion and size. We spoke to Liu about life after college. Back in her native Singapore, fashion didn’t always seem like a realistic educational route. While her peers were already deep into standard degrees in law, business and engineering, Tingzhi dreamt of studying at the prestigious Central Saint Martins. However, “studying anything non-academic, let alone at CSM just seemed so far away and out of reach,” she recalls as we talk with her. “I had this idea that the designers you saw in Vogue

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In Grace Prince´s Central Saint Martins BA Fashion graduate collection, fear of aging acts as a trigger for an intense journey across art, culture, and the body imagined as raw matter.

“Show me crinkled skin born from sleepless nights and smiles worn wide” demands the first verse of the poem which Megan Beech wrote to accompany Grace Prince’s Central Saint Martins BA graduate collection. Fear of ageing was the emotion which acted as a trigger for her sculptural final project: Through an intense journey of critical assessment and self discovery, Grace beautifully sublimated her worries about the stigmatized process of growing old into an artistic practice.

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