Remember carboot sales where you’d find a pair of last-decade Prada shoes, which made you beyond ecstatic and careless about London rain pissing down on you? BA Fashion graduate Fleur Warakorn has made your life a bit easier in that respect, by taking the carboot concept to the internet. No more ‘when it rains, it pours!’, and no more frizzy hair and damp clothes for a pair of pretty soles.

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“I felt that even 24 hours in a day was still insufficient! There have been countless nights that I dreamt about sewing and making my flowers.”

What is the idea behind your graduate collection?

My project is titled “We Only Part to Meet Again”. I took inspiration from my own personal experience of parting with my loved ones; it’s unfortunately the way that my life has been for the past ten years and counting. Leaving has never been easy for me, nor does it get any easier with time. I have traced back generations of my own family history – of parting with something we know and loved so dearly. My great-grandmother left China in 1910s to go to Hong Kong for a better life, as we were very poor. Then, my grandmother would later go on to leave China for Hong Kong because of the Chinese Revolution. Eventually, she moved to Canada. Years later, my mother would end up leaving Hong Kong for Thailand.

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What were your references?

I’m referencing three different generations of fashion before mine to create this collection. We always leave traces behind. These three generations relate to my great-grandmother, my grandmother and my mother, so the three generations of fashion history that I wanted to represent them with were: Qing Dynasty clothing in 1910s, childrenswear from 1920s and everyday wear from 1980s.

“Leaving has never been easy for me, nor does it get any easier with time.”

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What has been the biggest challenge for you this year? 

The whole process of making the final collection was a challenge. From choosing THE concept from a million possible concepts – to tell the world what I’m all about – to the design and the production of the collection. I felt that even 24 hours in a day was still insufficient! There have been countless nights that I dreamt about sewing and making my flowers. But then everything started to come together. It was unreal to see the whole collection on the runway. It’s an amazing feeling.

Which brand do you think is doing ‘flowers’ very well? 

It’s definitely Christopher Kane. He has a very innovative way of reinventing flowers.

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Who do you look up to?

My mother, she’s the strongest woman I know. She has taught me that nothing is impossible and to fight hard to make my dreams come true.

Why fashion at Central Saint Martins?

CSM has got a very unconventional way of teaching. I’ve learnt a lot from my tutors and peers, and I feel that I have left the college with the full package as promised.

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What’s next?

I hope to open up my own brand WARAKORN in the near future.

 

Whilst waiting with much anticipation for the brand’s launch, have a look at her shoes (you can buy them!). If the shoe fits… You’re lucky! Check out her shop.

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