Can you explain your course a little bit?
I’m on the Fashion Design and Marketing course — we design in response to the needs of the market. The designs are not constricted to menswear or womenswear; we are free to make whichever we want. It is a four-year sandwich course and in the third year we are free to go for a placement year.
What were your ideas when you started out?
When I began my bag collection for the Céline project, I wanted to create something that was multi-functional. There’s a 1970s Chinese documentary called ‘Revolution’ about people living in the countryside in the early 20th Century, earning a living by taking and selling their craftwork to the markets in town. They have to carry a lot of things, bags and bits and pieces of all sizes; as a result they walk very slowly. I based my conceptual practice around this and wanted to create something for these people. As the project was a collaboration with Céline, I also researched the brand. So, apart from the emotional idea behind the outcome, I worked to create ideas for the brand’s future production.
Whose pieces do you personally wear?
I prefer designs that have structural form, interesting details, textures and patterns. For instance: Issac Sellam, Yohji Yamamoto and Issey Miyake.