Becoming excellent at something is not easy in the least. It takes physical and mental pain, both of which MA Fashion students experience in those two years they polish their craft, voice and identity. And every year we can be part of that process, just for a moment. This constant pushing and striving to become the best is what we look up to, one of the things we admire greatly in the MA class – not only this year in particular, but all the years that have gone before, under the tutelage of both Fabio Piras and Louise Wilson. These designers propose new ideas, solutions and come up with unthinkable concepts. They are not trying to pretend and make work they think is ‘relevant’ to the industry, but relevant to them, and that’s precisely what makes them stand out from everybody else currently operating in the industry. Let’s hope these young designers find a way to hold on to that level of work and spread it throughout the fashion industry (and why not, every industry) in the same way they managed to inspire an entire room.
These instances of concentrated creativity are rare, and the chance to witness and learn from this type of work is a privilege. Post-show, we spoke with the 16 MA Fashion students that showed their work and discovered what their collections are about.