Meet the Student Designers who launched LFW 2016
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Ahead of London Fashion Week, designers from across the world are gearing up to prepare for the highly anticipated week of fashion shows and events. On Thursday 15th September, the eve of London Fashion Week, On|Off celebrated emerging fashion talent, showing works by designers who are both on and off the official London Fashion Week schedule. MA Fashion Design students from Winchester School of Art are amongst the emerging designers taking part in the Tomorrow’s Talent showcase for On|Off, held at the Vinyl Factory. I had the personal pleasure of interviewing four MA students, Gavin Guo, Yan Zhao, Zoey Huang and Lanna Lu from Winchester School of Art, to find out how they were feeling in the days leading up to the Tomorrow’s Talent show. Gavin considers it to be a “huge honour to be one of Tomorrow’s Talent.” “I can’t wait for the show!". He was “not that into fashion before coming to university”, but was encouraged by others to study fashion design as his hometown in China is known for its garments industry. To his suprise an interest and passion for the subject took a fierce hold of him, from studying fashion history, and reading fashion magazines, he fell in love with the subject and came to crave an opportunity to broach the industry. He is now “interested in everything about fashion”, listing amongst his interests “fashion design, but also fashion photography, styling, fashion management and so on.” Gavin describes his garments as “interesting and funny”, based on the narrative of two girls visiting a museum: “I created a conversation between these two girls. One... can’t help to say ‘amazing’, ‘gorgeous’ and so on.” The other girl asks her to “shut up”, preferring to walk around the museum in silence. The inspiration for the collection’s concept comes from his interest in British museum culture: “Museums offer me endless inspiration”. In her designs, Yan explores fashion psychology by using the theme of confusion as her main source of inspiration to create unique, expressive garments. Within her collection are references to punk culture, and she focused her research on steampunk and Victorian fashion. The more Yan studies fashion, the more she loves it. With still much “knowledge of fashion that I don’t know”, Yan hopes to continue learning, developing and furthering her creative abilities.
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