TEAMING UP IN TOUGH TIMES: CSM Fine Art and Fashion Class of 2015
When Central School of Art and Design, Saint Martin’s School of Art, Drama Centre London and Byam Shaw came together under one roof at 1 Granary Square in 2011, it seemed to be a promising start of a new unity in creativity. There would be a drama department, fine art, graphics, fashion, MA’s and PhD’s, foundation years and portfolio preparations. In short: a dream for cross pollination of disciplines. However, due to an electronic door system that prevents one from entering other studios when you don’t have the right card, you hardly have the chance to access different pathways’ places without feeling like some kind of delinquent — i.e. walking through propped open doors. Luckily, most students inventively find their ways around this matter. That said, it doesn’t take away the curiosity many students may feel about the cultures of other courses.
When we got talking with a handful of Fine Art and Culture Criticism and Curation students who were working on a project with Shia LaBeouf, Nastja Rönkkö and Luke Turner a few weeks ago, we started to think about how to best team up Fine Art and Fashion. So, hoping to act a little bit as a catalyst for collaboration between pathways, we shot the collections of 15 Fashion Design graduates alongside the art pieces of Fine Art graduates. Many looks were pulled straight off the press show’s runway, on the last day of Degree Show One’s exhibition. The art works would be deconstructed and wrapped up the following day; it was a one-shot-only moment.
But, instead of coupling up just before graduating, what we would like to see more of are many projects between Fashion and Fine Art in the years to come. We’re certain that conversation and longstanding relationships between pathways will prove fruitful for culture at large; and we can speak from experience, as 1 Granary came to life as we began to collaborate with departments outside the fashion studios. So, let’s keep propping open those studio doors of other pathways…
Art Director: Olya Kuryshchuk
Make up: Marina Keri using MAC Cosmetics
Models: Saadi Schimmel @The Hive Management // Greg France @Tomorrow Is Another Day
This photoshoot first premiered on Dazed Digital