LFW Designer Tales: 60 seconds with graduate designer Siiri Raasakka
By Anna Ross

Siiri Raasakka chats to WGSN about her Central Saint Martins graduate collection, her style muses and design icons.

Feb 26, 2016


Fashion month is a frenzy of glamour, catwalks and behind the scenes beauty looks in action. We’re covering everything in all four cities at WGSN, and what we love more than anything is spotting emerging talent.

As part of the recent LFW catwalk calendar, Central Saint Martins graduates showcased their designs. Fresh from this show, we caught up with Siiri Raasakka to chat clothes, inspiration and what’s next after graduation.


Hey Siiri, what was your inspiration for your MA Collection?

The starting point for the collection was portraits of a Malian photographer Malick Sidibé from the late 60’s and early 70’s. The shapes and prints in the clothes on the models, also the feeling of youth and change in the photos inspired me.

Another very important part of the collection is the spirit of 80’s London, looking at the early work of John Galliano, Christopher Nemeth, Katharine Hamnett and Vivienne Westwood and the whole buffalo movement aesthetics had a huge impact on me when I was designing the collection.

Describe your aesthetic in 3 words!

Sporty, feminist, straight forward

Who is your muse?

All the unafraid beautiful girls I meet. Also German actress Christiane F.

Who are your design icons?

Katharine Hamnett, Fiorucci, Vuokko Nurmesniemi, Ettore Sotsass and the Memphis movement

Where can we see you in the future?

In April I will present my work at Festival International de Mode et de Photographie à Hyères.

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