September 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Arts Thread)

Liz Black is a celebrated graduate of the acclaimed Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London.  Her degree collection, “Arty Society”, featuring geometric and circular shapes. Vogue Italy described her as “a designer to watch out for”.

Having gained  experience of the London and New York fashion scenes with Emilio de la Morena, Diane von Furstenberg and Elisa Palomino, Liz decided to create her own label in 2010.


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By “Who makes us” Blog)

Not about what is newest but what is nice, we started wmu to keep all our inspiring finds in one place for our fellow creatives. We came together at pearlfisher, a design agency in london and a place where good looking stuff is always welcome.
The fashion course at central saint martins have their graduate work on show at the moment. the course comprises of five pathways; womenswear, menswear, knitwear, print, fashion design with marketing and fashion communication & promotion. based at 107 charing cross rd the show is open to the public 18-24 June 12-8pm (6pm on 24th June and closed on Sunday)”.

 Last business card: Fashion and print designer Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Natasha Paulini in Grove Great British Life/ June 2010)

Local Fashion Students Debut

“Liz Black was chosen to show after a highly competitive process to represent Central Saint Martin’s College at a Press Show in Bethnal Green where emerging talent was assessed by the nation’s press. The final year fashion design student created a womanswear collection of 8 looks in five months, which were inspired by Jackson Pollock’s directional art. The college has launched the careers of the leaders of British fashion, including Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh and the late Alexander McQueen.”



September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


(By Rachael Bridge in The Coterie  / June 2010)

What started out as a wet, dreary week ended on a skyscraper high, as we jetted between the Graduate Fashion Week and London College of Fashion graduate shows.

Situated in the Old Town Hall of Bethnal Green, the fabulously hip Town Hall Hotel & Apartments hosted the L’Oréal Professionnel pre-show party, where industry folk gathered to celebrate the 10-year relationship between Central Saint Martins College and L’Oréal Professionnel, before the much-anticipated BA Honours Fashion show. We were whisked to York Hall alongside Adam Reed, Darren Fowler and Nick Williams for the show, which showcased a flurry of clashing prints and tropical hues that dominated the runway. Tribal and intergalactic themes coursed through the collections, alongside inspiring headwear with oversized inanimate objects and plumes of feathers. The show finished with Sorcha O’Raghallaigh’s models stalking on stilts, like monster flamingos in bejewelled knits.

David Koma presented the award to the Second Runner-up, Alex Mullians, while Alexandra Shulman’s mother, Drucilla, congratulated Phillip Patterson with First Runner-up Prize. Catherine McMahon, Portfolio accounts manager from L’Oréal Professionnel, concluded the event with a short speech and the L’Oréal Professionnel Award for Young Talent, which went to Yi Fang Wan. We left wanting more!

Right by Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

BA Fashion Show 2010/08 Jun 2010

“Every year I find a great sense of wonder. This show never fails to delight. What I love about it is that it’s extreme, outrageous and utterly impossible. These are the sorts of clothes that really excite.”
(Colin McDowell introducing the BA Fashion show at York Hall, Bethnal Green)

Dress by Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Sophie Hill in Amelia’s Magazine/ June 2010)

Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show at York Hall 

40 graduates showed their work at the Central Saint Martins BA Degree Show this year, combining eccentric creativity with well-mastered skill. From wild African carnival-like ensembles, to upholstered outerwear, and from inflatable swimwear to paintbrush-shaped headwear…

Catwalks ranged from vibrant, quirky, carnival-like processions, to romantic, tailored, and intricate. Having been a bit out of the loop for the last year, to see such vast amounts of creativity under one roof was quite overwhelming, and equally inspiring. The show took place in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, which, for those of you who haven’t been, is rather a grand setting. Built in the 1920s, it’s vastly high ceilings and simple design creates a high-brow feel, and a lovely stage for CSM graduates.

Moon-like cape cum cloche-hats designed by Liz Black were inventive and flattering. Splattered with pollock-esque ink splats and teamed with drain-pipe jeans.

Dress: Liz Black, photography by Matt Bramford

 As Colin McDowell exclaimed at the end of the show: “Extreme, outrageous, exciting… utterly impossible.’ I couldn’t agree more.


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.


August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Modesta Dziautaite in Fashion 156/ August 2010)

Central Saint Martins BA Show

   Circle shaped garments by Liz Black

 Photo by Palida Boonyarungsrit

Graduate Fashion Week is nearly upon us, and last night’s early arrival of the CSM BA show was undisputedly one of the raw roots of all creativity in the industry, that brought back established alumni such as Gareth Pugh for its uncompromising inspiration. The 40 students showed a self-assuring indication of next few seasons’ trends – wood prosthetics, the return of metallics and African references. Of course, at Central Saint Martins it is never how it appears – these references are maximised, extorted and refined to give new meaning and let our interpretations run wild.

Anne Karine Thorbjoernsen’s opening collection had an interesting way of conveying its 3D nature – building upwards from oriental wooded inserts in the back of lapelled dresses, to a transformative climax of angular arms that catapulted the silhouette to lateral new heights. Knitwear particularly pushed boundaries using topiary-style dresses to form faces in multi-dimensional movements of colour, seen in Helen Price’s, Buki Agbabiaka and Onez Lau’s collections. I caught a glimpse of the former’s complex pieces backstage still on mannequins, which already looked fit to be in a V&A exhibition next to a knitwear expert like Sonia Rykiel.

Menswear was subdued with an outback military theme in Philip Patterson’s collection and a surprising coalition of Polo and Middle Eastern influences in Nicholas Smith’s romantic tailoring. However, Craig Green surpassed all with his shock factor – a toy-kingdom-esque collection that had the models as ‘band boys’ in drum hats, tribal fringing and tubular weaving, making it one of the overall stand outs of the night. Whilst my personal womenswear highlight was Liz Black’s space-age concept that was executed in the form of planets with diversifying prints reflecting coldness (moon) and heat (sun). The evolving shape turned into a cape-like hat providing the most note-worthy futurism I have seen in a while.

                                                Photo by Palida Boonyarungsrit

Romantic juxtaposition (see our current issue) was a prominent running theme of the night with Isabel Czenin Fishlock child-like proportioned canvas embellished with tissue butterflies and Didier Wong Kung Fong’s vision of the modern rebel with skater, leisure and underwear as outerwear elements combined with whimsical veils covering wet hair, for a contradictory effect. The L’Oreal Professional Award winner of the night was deserving Yi Fang Wan for her Grecian collection of fragile draping in artesian tones, religious references and peasantry frayed edges (an emerging trend for S/S11).

Finally, Sorcha O’raghallaigh triumphed the show’s closing with a toy-kingdom circus-theme collection of maximalist knitwear on stilt walkers. The closing bridal net dress embellished with hundreds of crucifixes was the most impressive interpretation of recent religious references in any collection and received an astounding cheer from the audience. The exhilaration and shock of it all couldn’t be called a show – more of a theatrical demonstration of untainted opportunist talent – I couldn’t put it better than Colin McDowell who ended the show thanking Central Saint Martin’s for its ‘extremism in these mundane times’.


August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By The Blog/ May 2010)

POP 296 Weekend 2-23 May 2010

Today’s POP is Tui and she is ready to run the marathon.

The marathon being the Central Saint Martins internal show, which is fashion’s equivalent to a marathon and as expected the students didn’t disappoint. The shows (all three of them!) were a melting pot of pastiches borrowed from various cultures and reinterpreted into intricately knitted pieces, origami folded dresses, fluorescent printed fabrics and of course the more outre pieces such as a 17th century chair masquerading as a dress as well as a knitted horse head doubling as a sweater!
Highlights of the show included:

'Circle Cut Dress with Pollock inspired print by Liz Black'


August 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Liz Black
Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. Graduate 2010

Motivated by stories of child labour in the garment industry, Liz
has juxtaposed the situation of these children with the story of
Alice in Wonderland – a child in a perfect, magical garden who
lives through very strong, scary, adult experiences. In using
reclaimed textiles with sentimental value Liz could be sure that
no child labour is involved in its next incarnation whilst diverting
waste from the one million tonnes of textiles sent to landfill each
year. Where new material was required, Liz sourced organic cotton
to minimise use of pesticides, and digital printing for a more
efficient production process.

'Alice in Wonderland' by Liz Black

Welcome to Fashioning the Future
by the Centre for Sustainable Fashion

The Fashioning the Future Summit is the first major event to come
out of the Centre for Sustainable Fashion. The Centre was opened
in 2008 by director Dilys Williams and ambassador Caryn Franklin
to support, inspire and promote innovative approaches to the
fashion industry to achieve a sustainable future for all stakeholders
across the supply chain.

We are proud to promote the work of 26 designers, each
interpreting sustainability in groundbreaking and beautiful ways.
The collections showcased exemplify the creative boundaries that
are being pushed in order to re-explore fashion in sustainable
terms. Collectively they represent myriad responses to a complex
set of issues threatening the future of our industry. This is much
more than a starting point but it is by no means the solution. These
examples of thoughtful design aim to act as a catalyst for further
development and exploration at a number of levels. The results are
exciting as they are innovative and impart a sense of celebration
for the positive transforming power of considered design.

Fifteen of the collections showcased are finalists of the Fashioning
the Future competition – a global student project sponsored by The two winners of the contest will each win a cash
prize and the opportunity to be mentored by Sim Scavazza, creative
director of This competition attracted entries from across
the world and allows us to understand different geographical and
cultural perspectives to sustainability in fashion.

The summit strategy day has been developed to bring experts and
change makers to meet together to evolve a dynamic and forward
thinking approach to sustainability in fashion, questioning current
practice and behaviour in order to propose new and better ways
to design, develop and offer product evoking and responding
to a change in consumption patterns. We believe that through
collective debate and idea exchange we can create momentum to
effect change in our industry. The Centre for Sustainable Fashion
will be collating data to develop a tactics for change document
which will be circulated amongst all stakeholders. We believe that
from our neutral informed position we can guide, support and
promote the innovators, radicals and realists in designing a new

We have been lucky enough to be able to highlight the
groundbreaking and inspiring work of two internationally
acclaimed artists. Lucy Orta and Nicole Mackinlay Hahn have
travelled the globe to confront key issues affecting our paths as
consumers. We urge you engage with these exhibitions for the
short time they are in place here.

The Centre for Sustainable Fashion is proud to be working with
The Earth Awards: Future-Crucial Design Solutions. Sponsored by
the Royal Princes of Abu Dhabi and Malaysia, this first of a kind
event has been founded with the mission to find and facilitate
the future-crucial design solutions that will improve the quality of
life for all human beings. The Earth Awards will culminate in an
event at The American Museum of Natural History in New York
in December 08 featuring key designers from the Fashioning the
Future show. If you would like to make a submission to this event,
please visit The Earth Awards.

We hope that Fashioning the Future inspires you to think,
experiment and innovate. If you would like to work with us again,
please get in touch.

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