As much as we all despise the Covid-talk by now, it is important to mention that almost two years into this crisis, students are still very much affected. Universities may have protocols in place, studios and machinery included, but it goes beyond the borders of our alma maters. It is what happens after graduation that has to be focused on. Because of that, supporting graduates is crucial. It’s about celebrating their achievements without brushing aside their hardships.
Often, hard times surge one’s creativity and unconsciously push someone to think outside the box. And that definitely rings true when looking at the SST graduates’ degree collections. From a material as common and seemingly simple as paper to a fully thought out hoarding cat lady persona, inspiration can truly come from anywhere. While the students may look towards the future in terms of garment production, the historical references ranging from the renaissance to the industrialisation during Victorian times are where the past comes into play.
The 2021 graduates can only be described as emerging talents that have been gifted not only with remarkable creativity, but also an almost natural sense for sustainability. We spoke to all the designers and let them speak about their work in their own words.