One of the most fun parts of watching the White Show, is trying to figure out what on earth the references are. What makes the designers tick? We have seen a model with three faces, loose bikini tops on boys, a white version of the balloon house in the movie Up, puffed bodysuits, duvet-dresses a la Margiela, the yearly returning tradition of a naked boy’s buttocks paired with a corset, Mexican wrestler masks, Geisha attire, and presumably two lesbian brides in white frilly dresses. One girl walked the runway with her arms chained together, in the air, by use of white fabric — wouldn’t one want to peek into her sketchbook and find out her thought processes? Over the Christmas holidays, we shall be publishing the work of several White Show students and unpick the seams of their work, but for now, enjoy the backstage madness!

If you cannot see the video, don’t worry! We’re fixing it at the moment and it should be up and running shortly.

We applaud the first year Fashion Communication and Promotion students, a.k.a. Martins&Co, for producing the show, masterfully promoting it on their Instagram, and making it all run smoothly. A massive high five to all the designers for creating such inventive looks, and on behalf of them: thank you technicians! And, last but not least, a big thank you to Andrew Smith for streaming the show on 1 Granary, to Oliver Vanes for running around to capture backstage and front-of-house, Antonio Vatev and Clem Macleod for helping us, and Hyunjung Hexa Koo for sharing her backstage pictures with us.

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Photography by Oliver Vanes

What have you learned?

“I learned that I prefer to whisper.

Everyone hears the shout, but no one listens to it.

While not everyone hears a whisper, but everyone listens to it.”

Favourite white reference?

“Lucian Freud’s shirt.”

What have you learned?

“The technicians are the studios saviours. Don’t think too much, just start working and re-work the mistakes. Cream is not a white.”

Favourite white reference?

“White longhair cat”

What have you learned?

“I was struggling with getting my inspiration developed into designs, so in the future I have to make sure I choose a topic I know I can get designs from. Also to manage my time more carefully…”

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Photography by Hyunjung Hexa Koo

What went terribly wrong and terribly well?

Terribly wrong: sewing of the garment

Terribly well: developing patterns from flat designs

Terribly wrong: developing research into designs

Terribly well: making of patterns and sewing the garment

Terribly wrong: fighting against gravity to make my garment hold

Terribly well: exploring how my concept could be translated in 3D

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Photography by Oliver Vanes

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