Jamie wearing design by Luke Derrick
Who or what was your biggest inspiration for this piece?
Pauline De Blonay: For this project, I was mostly inspired by the French painter Fernand Léger. My aim was to translate a painting into a garment and to create my own character, which could work in one of his paintings. I worked in a very graphic way, respecting the fact that his work is very heavy and messy for my piece.
Jamie Challinor: My project started with looking at images of youth smoking. I then juxtaposed this with ornate and luxurious images of men in smoking jackets with pipes. I wanted to amalgamate the two and make a modern day smoking jacket/shirt garment for people to wear nowadays when smoking. However, like every single project I do, I strayed from my concept and ended up being more inspired by the sportswear fabrics seen in youth culture. I added a touch of luxury to emulate with the brand I picked to market it for, which was Louis Vuitton.
Liza Keane: My friends and some of the cool club personalities I’ve met since I started at CSM were probably my inspiration. I loosely based the project on Jenkin Van Zyl though, so you could say he’s the biggest inspiration.
Fidana Novruzova: For this project I decided to explore a quite vulnerable subject: the immigration issue in my home country Moldova. The children of immigrants are mostly left all alone at home. The oldest child, often around 11 years old, then has to take care of his or her three younger siblings and attend school. For my final piece I implemented apron elements that represent the concept of motherhood and care, something these children lack. The embroidery was developed from the images of Eastern-European interiors, where icons and other Orthodox Christian symbols could be found around the house.
Luke Derrick: The starting point was the photo series Base Portraits/Barracks by Collier Schorr for Raf Simons, in which Raf’s father’s big military shirts and jackets swamp his slight models, giving this impression of a boy out of place, which I wanted to develop. I also examined Joy Division’s Ian Curtis and the world of post-punk raincoats, as a sort of case study. I guess I ended up wanting to create a shirt for those angsty trench coat kids.