With experimentation being the connecting thread between all the collections, this year’s graduates presented craft-heavy pieces, with strong intellectual backdrops. Inspired by a vast array of references, it seems that the students were pushed to take risks and embrace their failures as the most crucial part of their process. It was refreshing to see garments that were not created to meet certain expectations, as this generation does not try to answer the question: “What do people want to wear?” Instead, the class of 2021 wants their work to be the reply to: “What will make fashion better?”
During the tough challenge of navigating the majority of their course in lockdown, the students felt fully supported by the university, in an environment that they described as “family-like”- a rare testimonial in the competitive reality of fashion MAs. Through the maturity of their work and the thinking behind their collections, it looks like the soon-to-be-graduates are constantly questioning their methods, looking for their own conscious path within the industry. After their final collection, the last stage of the MA is a 6-month work placement at a fashion house, an interesting structural choice that helps the students have a smooth transition from education to the job market, an existing practical and mental weight on the shoulders of design graduates all over the world.
In the light of Brexit, the IFM MA is highlighting its strong presence as an upcoming hub for young talent, debuting with a powerful and unique set of designers who first think and then make.