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You might think that growing up in a tiny little village in the German woods wouldn’t make for a super successful fashion designer. But at only 19, first-year Fashion Design with Marketing Student Jegor Pister is already said to be ahead of some final years… So I had a little chat with this bright young talent about fleeing reality with fashion, toning it down when moving to London, and spreading happiness and love.
How did you first get involved with fashion?
When I was 14 I read an article about the German brand Prose in the newspaper. I went to their studio the same day and started interning for them. Miriam, the designer, taught me how to make patterns, how to sew – she taught me about the whole design process. Now we’re really good friends and whenever I’m in Germany we still work together.
You make a lot of clothes for yourself; when and how did that start?
It kind of just happened as soon as I got into the process of making clothes/garment construction at Prose. Obviously the first ones were pretty rubbish – there were loads of mistakes. But that’s the best way to learn, I guess. I still make a lot of clothes for myself – I made the trousers I’m wearing today. They’re actually women’s trousers I made for my coursework but I made them so I can wear them as well.
What inspired you at that time?
Before I started doing my own thing I was really inspired by other designers. The first one I really loved was John Galliano, probably because he had real vision; he was creating these entire worlds and that really triggered my imagination. And I just wanted to get away from the tiny village that I lived in and escape to a different world…
So at first fashion was a way to flee reality. And then you moved to London…
Yeah, and I didn’t want to escape anymore. I became a lot less rebellious, my whole process became more structured and my taste changed a lot as well.
How did it change?
Before it was just so… full-on. I would be wearing doll-like makeup, red shoes, latex trousers and a wide, voluminous blouse and curly hair. But now it’s more about the aesthetics. It’s not about being loud anymore. It’s about looking good… and feeling good! Fashion is about feeling good in what you’re wearing – and it’s like a flower in how it spreads happiness and love.Photo by Ryan Peterson, 1st year Graphic Design
What are the main things that inspire you now?
I find strong characters and personalities really interesting so I always create personas and worlds around them. They’re based on people I admire, mostly historical figures… I make clothes for different characters.
How do you create those worlds?
With the aspects of that person’s character. If they’re a very melancholic person for instance, I try to get into the mood and create a story that goes with it. I’ll then collage the story and sometimes I write as well.
What would be your ideal future?
I’d like to learn more about who I am, about my taste, about people and the world! I think it’s because of my age – I’m only 19 so I can’t really know everything just yet… Learning who you are just takes some time. The more you know yourself, the more confident your work looks. But I’m really just hoping to learn more about so much: the design process and fabrication, about the industry and how it works, how to collaborate with other people, how to organise photo shoots… About everything!
Central Saint Martins alumni and London design favourite Giles Deacon has teamed up with the wonderful SHOWstudio to give budding fashion designers the chance to try their hand at one of his designs and win a unique opportunity to have their design featured in an exclusive fashion film with SHOWstudio! All you have to do is download Giles’ pattern for his ’Troubadour’ dress, add your own unique slant to it and upload it to the submissions gallery before March 15th 2013. Follow the link to the project now: http://showstudio.com/project/design_download_giles_deacon!
1G: Tell us about your project.
Hyon Park: It was a “Sustainability project”; so obviously its about the environment and pollution. However, I thought that it’s a sort of self-contradiction, if we contend that we should save nature, resources and the earth, because as long as we are in fashion or aiming to be a fashion designer, we are going to create lots of new trends and clothing which will inevitably waste resources. So, I decided my theme would have the right attitudes rather than pointless environmental aims.
Like the title “I am so sorry”, its about the necessity that we we should feel sorry to the earth, future generations and also our selves while we use these resources. Furthermore, i wanted to send the message to the things that we have to feel sorry to. That is why I got paper airplanes to convey the message ‘I’m so sorry.’ as main development idea in a conceptual way. The final garment is like a manual to make the airplane. It briefly shows the order to make it with numbers.
1G: Tell us about your White Project.
Bella Ou: The starting point of this project was Rene Magritte’s painting The Lover. I found the painting mysterious, nervous and also romantic. Then I followed the mood and extended my research to embracing couples and wrapping things. I wam looking for something with tension and dark. I discovered a Japanese photographer, Eikoh Hosoe, who has a serie of works with couples embracing tightly and forming one unity. These photos inspired me to start braiding the tubes together, just like lovers embracing each other. Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude are known for covering up objects with fabrics. Their projects are always enormous. So I tried to wrap up the whole body, and even extended the body to shape like two person embracing. The main objective was to explored and experiment with volume and layers on the body form.
1G: Tell us about your White Project.
Edwin Mohney: My white project is very simple to describe: Its a massive, plastic white teeshirt that a drug dealer would wear when selling coke.
Edwin Mohney: I began the project thinking about my very first memories of art which were building paper airplanes. I would sit and fold paper for hours (I was a really boring child) and then would throw the planes I made to their doom down the stairs in my basement. Making art growing up was a total escape for me from the real world. This escapism became the initial inspiration for my research. I began by making tons of paper airplanes and abtract models based on photos I had taken studying the positive-negative spaces of planes. I found a lot of similarites between these shapes and graffiti art which itself is an esacpe from life. The idea for the over sized drug dealing tee shirt comes from the blend between the brutality of gang culture and the fragility of my childhood. The shape of the garment itself is a 900% scaled version of two models I combined from my research. In order to actually construct the garment I chose to coat the white cotton provided to us with gel resin turning it to plastic sheeting. The idea for this came from the plastic legos I played with as a kid. In all I just wanted to make something that was powerful and made me feel like I was 4 again.
1G: Tell us about your White Project.
Ernesto Naranjo: The big cities´s skyline, that line that separates the sky from the buildings is the main point of the project. This imaginary line goes through the city and experiments the best and the worst of the big cities, the peace of the top of buildings, the noise, movements, lights and crowds of people down in the streets and also the figure of the homeless people attached to the walls of the buildings and also very important for the shapes of the project. Big shapes, geometric lines and messy cities could be maybe the resume of the project.