Due to the limited number of students and their direct connection to their tutors, the transition to online learning has been smooth and well-orchestrated. Divided into three pathways: Fashion Image, Fashion Journalism, and Fashion Critical Studies, the program has the notion of collaboration at its core. The students are constantly creating teams with other pathways as well as other courses, which might be what made creating in lockdown less lonely for them. With a multidisciplinary approach to the field of Fashion Communication, the Fashion Image pathway students did not get limited by contrived perceptions of what a fashion image should be. Producing work that is closer to fine art photography and concepts influenced more by sociopolitical phenomena rather than clothes, the class of 2020 provides us with a refreshing take in a field that is saturated by fashion images that reference previous fashion images.
In celebration of their graduation, the tutors and students created a limited edition publication named PORTFOLIO urging the readers to go through the work and get in touch with the young creatives directly. Here is the work of the five Fashion Image students.
Can language affect the way we view the world? Influenced by familial relations, Raminta Ceponyte focused her final project on exploring the link between language and identity by attempting to speak more of her mother tongue (Lithuanian) at home during the lockdown with her sister. In a world where migration has become easy, Ceponyte’s work reflects on the feeling of loss when a language gets forgotten and attempts to replace the void, created by migration, with images.
Despite being a bit bitter for embarking on a one-year course in 2020, and weighted with the financial repercussions that come hand-in-hand with this point in time, Raminta is grateful for being part of such a small and close-knitted group where she could share her work freely. The MA helped Ceponyte to define her photographic language, and to realise that the greatest advice she could possibly give to anyone who aspires to pursue a postgraduate path is to plan ahead, “have a good idea of what you would want to produce as a major project, or at least have a plan of things that you would like to achieve,” Raminta concludes.