Apr 28, 2017 | By Ali Lind
Dec 16, 2016
By WGSN Insider
The highly respected fashion school, Ravensbourne, last night gave a preview of their BA Fashion students 2017 graduate collections.
The brief was entitled ‘The Pre-Collection’ with an emphasis on radical thinking. Requiring the students to create a body of work, which provoked and asked new questions by experimenting with colours/fabrics/textiles/silhouettes. The end point was to break new ground and challenge existing perceptions.
In an unexpected and surprising way, the students had to create one item and one item only…and the final challenge was that the students had to create the single item in black only.
I spoke to two of the class of 2017’s top students Samantha Hince & Grace Grier they both showed me their work. They had both found the challenge of eliminating colour completely, to be a real challenge.
“Last night I exhibited a preview of my pre-collection progress. We’re all playing around with ideas and concepts, working towards and preparing for our final collections which we will begin designing in the New Year.
Working in black really allowed me to push and refine the lines and cut within the jacket I created. It was also refreshing to step back and see my work from a different perspective and without the distraction of colour.
“My collection is based on Women’s Liberation in the 70s, I created a character, who becomes my muse.
Then I imagined and built scenes of her life, then I used the imagery from the scenes to inform my work – I love colour so this was a real challenge for me. I worked with tones of grey to add the dimension I needed.”
Keep your eyes peeled to see more from these rising fashion stars in the future.
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