New Denim Design Talent: Lucy Adjoa Armah
By Samuel Trotman

London College of Fashion graduate, Lucy Adjoa Armah delivers her final collection of destroyed denim.

Jul 05, 2012


We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the emerging denim talent from the graduate fashion week events last month and most recently, London College of Fashion’s final presentations. Young Ghanian designer, Lucy Adjoa Armah, blew us away with her deconstructed denim collection featuring a beautiful array of raw textures and sculptural silhouettes.

BA graduate, Lucy Adjoa Armah presented her final collection at the London College of Fashion graduate show earlier last month, and embodied the undone look of workwear from different cultures with ripped denim, oversized silhouettes and unfinished hems. Balancing the line between both fashion design and fine art, the designer sent models down the runway in layer upon layer of shredded and perforated fabrics in traditional rural workwear silhouettes including slashed robes, kimono-inspired tops and destroyed peasant skirts.

“My collection was based on the concept of workwear from different cultures. So I looked at North African Taureg robes, Depression Era workwear in the American West, especially in the Farm Security Administration photographs, and rural Romanian clothing. I also look really briefly at Japanese fishermen kimonos and contemporary Ugandan laborers clothing in Jackie Nickerson’s ‘Farm’.”

To help fund her final presentation, Lucy reached out to major denim players, Denim North America and Turkish mill, Orta Anadolu, who sponsored the collection and provided Lucy with waste denim, which meant that all her sampling and about half of the collection was produced from waste denim.

As well as studying fashion, Lucy has used her passion and enthusiasm to set up, De/Fault – an interdisciplinary nomadic gallery and creative collective that she curates and co-directs with two friends.

New Denim Design Talent: Lucy Adjoa Armah
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Freddy Holmes
Jul 07th, 2012

Its amazing how well she combined undone look of workwear from different cultures into very unique sculptural silhouettes. Also raw textures of ripped denim have very organic look. Very bold and creative approach.
Its amazing how denim is still very popular…recently I was looking at skinny jeans online and found that for example new trend of curve control jeans and such are still in a big demand.

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