Change is a keyword that has marked the past twelve months in fashion education — not only at Central Saint Martins there has been a change of the guards with Fabio Piras taking the helm at the MA Fashion, and Heather Sproat becoming the new head of BA Womenswear. Indeed, Parsons has welcomed Burak Cakmak as its new Dean of Fashion, and Zowie Broach became the Head of Fashion at the Royal College of Art. This week we’ll be seeing the graduate collections of those who will be the next catalysts and game changers of the industry, who will hopefully bring about much needed change. Tune into the livestream…
What is the industry looking forward to
“One word: Innovation”
Tati Cotliar – Junior Fashion Editor at Garage Magazine
I want to see something that brings you to childhood, something that’s uncool and tacky.
Kam Dhillon from Not Just A label
Originality, creativity, innovation.
We’re recruiting designers so we’re looking for young, up and coming students who are creative, innovative, and have new ways of looking at products. Also things that are inspired by sport.
Elisa Palomino (Print pathway leader), Heather Sproat (Head of Womenswear), Rosemary Wallin (FDM Pathway leader)
What are the highlights of the year, what can people expect?
H: I think that the quality of the work that the students have put together has again kind of broken boundaries: the quality of the make and the cutting; creativity has reached another level.
E: It’s an amazing strong year: strong shapes, colours, prints, embroideries… Altogether, the craftsmanship is amazing.
R: What I love is the variety, there is a Saint Martins style and that’s what’s great about it. They’re all so different, they’re all unique, and that’s the strength of this college, I think: they’re all their own individuals.
Trager Delaney, interviewed for 1G by Tilly McAlister Smith (sitting next to the pair)
Are there any trends in the womenswear pathway this year?
Culottes, sneakers. Suspensers were big, we thought.
So a lot of street wear influences?
Not really street wear, more fisherman’s wear. Utalitarian fisherwomen.
Any favourites in the categories that you didn’t judge?
Yes, there’s one girl we’re obsessed with in knit but we don’t know her name
Minimalist or maximalist?
Always maximalist in this school, only because I fear that maybe it’s a little bit too much! I think there’s a fine line and students need to be taught what ‘more’ means.
There was a lot of shredding going on. We need to get rid of the shredding. We’re over the shredding a bit.
Do you think this is Marques’Almeida’s lingering legacy?
No, I think it’s the Saint Martins legacy with shredding stuff and having a trail on the floor. I don’t want to see anything trailing. I want to see things that can actually be worn. Fashion is about ‘you can do whatever you want’ but where it gets really hard is when you try and do something different, and being able to wear it. Anyone can make a lobster suit and put cheese on it.
Gabriel Castro – Menswear – British Fashion Council Bursary, LVMH Graduate 2015 Prize Winner
Laura Newton – Knitwear – Alcantara Award
Jemma Beech – Knitwear
Camilla Holmes – FDM
Rebecca Jeffs – Womenswear – Alcantara Award
Pedro Mantua – Menswear
Lee Bodkin – Womenswear – British Fashion Council Bursary
Hiroko Masano – Womenswear – LVMH Grand Prix Scholar
Qiying Fang – FDM
Phoebe Kime – Knitwear – LVMH Grand Prix Scholar
Eleanor O’Connor – FDM
Daniel Fletcher – Menswear
Rozalina Burkova – FDM – LVMH Grand Prix Scholar
Milligan Beaumont – Print
Mimi Wade – Print
Sebastian Freeburn – Womenswear
Joshua Walters – Menswear
Louis Pileggi – Knitwear
Hannah Donkin + Bianca Green – Menswear
Tingzhi Liu – Print
Liberty Yates – Knit
Ji Ye (Julie) Chun – FDM – Sally Woodward Award
Wataru Tominaga – Print – Sally Woodward Award
James Mitchell – Womenswear
Robert Wallace – Womenswear
Nathan Moy – FDM
Jim Chen Hstang Hu – Womenswear
Sonny Tassell – Menswear
Jihoon Kim – Print
Janet Sartor – Womenswear
Angus Lai – Print
Amir Khorasany – FDM
Pierre Campo – Menswear
Susan Yan Nan Fang – Womenswear
Joshua Beaty – Knitwear – Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award
Han Kim – Print – Samsung Fashion Design Fund Award / Sophie Hallette Prize / Alcantara Award
Gabriele Skucas – Knitwear – British Fashion Council Bursary
Markus Wernitznig – Womenswear
Martin Hanly – Womenswear – Swarovski Foundation Scholarship
Livestream by Andrew Smith, Roman Sheppard Dawson, Christian Wright and Moea Creugnet