September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Barbara Grispin in Vogue Italia/ June 2010)

Liz Black at Vogue Italia

Where would you see robots, Blade Runner characters, magical animal prints, full horses heads on cardigans and a whole living room integrated into knitwear?

Well the answer is simple: at The Central Saint Martins Fashion BA graduation show that took place at York Hall on Tuesday the 1st of June in London showcasing 40 of the college best talents. With tremendous wit and highly original collections, as the official commentator Colin McDowell remarked, the students this year have also shown incredible abilities and unconventional approaches where fantasy, colour and freedom were predominant and in complete contrast with the minimalism of the past MA graduation show of last February.

Something incredible of London is how much students respect and embrace the pioneering paths opened by other graduates, who now show successfully under the London Fashion Week umbrella, and work at make it their own. This year the impressive reference was obvious and predominant made to Louise Gray’s free approach to knitwear and chromatism as well as to Meadham Kirchhoff’s use of delicate fabrics with unfinished edges, unconventional cutting and particular hues making you realise what kind of impact this young designers have not only on a global fashion arena but also how much they influence the generations to come. Other influencing references where easily spotted about London’s heroes Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab although this is much more visible effect in the official fashion calendars worldwide than in the graduates shows.

The BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins has earned an international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers who have made outstanding and directional contributions in fashion fuelling the creativity worldwide for many years. Graduates include influential names such as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Antonio Berardi, Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney.

Many graduates also cover design positions with important fashion houses throughout the world, such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Versace, Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Dior, Chloe, Louis Vuitton Donna Karan and Comme des Garçons amongst others.

Each year, a number of BA graduates also undertake the MA postgraduate level. It is from here that talents who made strong marks in the global fashion scene like Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou and many other directional designers have all successfully graduated from.

Fundamental to study at the College are experimentation, risk-taking, questioning and discovery; the philosophy of Central Saint Martins is to provide a learning environment in which innovation, invention and originality will be developed within a range of different, but closely related, fashion pathways and strong interdisciplinary art studies. This transversal approach to academics forms the alumni in parallel as artists and designers allowing the most creative talents to flourish and delight the world.

From this year graduation course the winners were:

Yi Fan Wang, 1st Prize – The L’Oreal Professionnel young talent award, womenswear.
Philip Patterson, 1st runner up, menswear.
Alex Mullins, 2nd runner up, fashion print.

Other designers to watch out for: Liz Black, print; Cynthia Max, print; Onez Lau, knitwear, Sorcha O’ Raghallaigh, knitwear; Nicholas Smith, menswear; Hiroko Nakajima, knitwear.

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