RCA MA Fashion 2015

“You clothe me, syllable by syllable. My definition, by definition, temporary,” sounded as the first models walked into the room at the Royal College...

Rei Kawakubo: Writing the Fashion of Madness

Fashion is much more than this season’s shows and what lies in your wardrobe: it is a remarkable cultural object that mirrors, at high pace, the fluctuating state of society. Since Roland Barthes’ semiological break-down of the fashion industry in The Fashion System (1967), a path was carved for a new way of looking at fashion, proving its potential to act as a prism through which to read politics, psychology, history, gender, literature, and much, much more. We are curious to open discussions on and about fashion to a wider circle of young critical thinkers, to learn more about how fashion is read, worn, understood and remembered. Opening our new series of critical essays by young, aspiring writers is Mahoro Seward’s deconstruction of Rei Kawakubo, revealing how terms borrowed from literary analysis might prove useful in shedding light on Rei's shadowy oeuvre.

Bulgari x CSM: Natasha Somerville’s daring Serpenti

“We each had a corner and mounted all our work, put some stuff on the wall. Then we had to leave it there for a couple of hours...” Natasha talks us through the selection process; a few people had brought the handbags which they’d made, and Natasha was one of them. “I like to have fun when designing, and to sometimes be less serious with my work,” she says, “I’m certain that Bulgari would never seen anything quite as ridiculous as my monster handbags!” In addition to that, she also brought multiple sketchbooks, and a portfolio with sampling, which revealed her obsession with painstakingly time-consuming techniques to create bespoke fabrics. Work from her final collection was also included, “One dress was constructed with hand glued 2 mm strips of latex in illusion stripes that took 3 months to make.” Yes, it might’ve been this devotion to produce great quality that made her stand out from her peers.

Clare Corrigan – Styliste Senior Bijoux Fantaisie at Louis Vuitton

  Clare Corrigan is a successful British designer and Central Saint Martins fashion alumni, who began her career in the early 1990s in Paris...

New Waves: Adnan Salman Jalal

One of Central Saint Martins’ most funky graduate collections this year? Adnan Salman Jalal’s ‘love letter to Gandhi’ - a pre-celebration of India’s 70...

Dominique Caplan

Dominique Caplan graduated from Central Saint Martins with a first class honours in Textile Design in 2012. Both during and after her time at...

Keeping up with Galliano – E02

Okay, what do we love more than ripped, gay Gibaltarians and overweight Greek restaurant owners serving feta and gyros all day? Right, nothing. The...

Katie Roberts-Wood: 3D Printing & Technological Innovation – the Future of...

In an age of  technological singularity where we see innovations in global industry on a mass scale every single day -- including fashion -- it's...

CSM BA Fashion 2015 graduates: the real game changers

Pre-press show, we spoke about how change has been a definite keyword in fashion education the past twelve months. This year’s graduates ensured everybody...

Seetal Solanki

Hanging in Hoi Polloi, kedgeree with an espresso martini on the side, casually dressed and cool hair (“I was always a tomboy growing up...

The New MA Graduates: Maia Bergman

With a steady hand, abnormal patience and a heavy fistful of beads, Maia Bergman takes the mundane wardrobe of everyday uniform, and gives it...

CSM Graduate: Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen and Juice. Photography: Juergen Teller Make-up: Inge Grognard Prosthetic Make-up: Geoff Portass Styling: Walter Van Beirendonck & Dirk Van Saene