Spotlighting 5 Designers From CSM’s Class Of 2020.
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Last month, COVID-19 forced Central Saint Martins graduates to go digital for their final showcase. The response to the graduate’s final collection videos was overwhelmingly positive, so we caught up with 5 stand-out designers from this year’s class to find out a bit more about them.
First up, Jisoo Jang produces designs whilst developing new sustainable techniques, like zero waste laser cutting, to help develop a more positive future for the fashion industry.
Jisoo had to travel back to Korea due to COVID-19 which put restrictions on her work. But Jisoo explained this gave her the opportunity to collaborate on a crochet dress with her mom for the collection, something that she could never have been able to do in London.
Another designer who had to fly back to Korea to finish her collection is Dahee Kim.
Her work is inspired by “the unexpected behaviour of children” and “the abandonment of rules to celebrate self-representation and individualism”. Through her designs she wants to recreate the fantasies that we see in our minds when we close our eyes and wants to “express the abstract feeling or funny thoughts that [she] sees in [her] head as visually as possible”.
COVID-19 also forced Dahee to think outside of the box as she couldn’t sort the prints she needed for her work back home. Instead she created her own prints with a colour combination of pattern pieces, without actually printing anything.
The third designer we’re spotlighting is Sandra Poulson.
Her work “discusses the political, cultural and socio-economic landscape of Angola as a case study to analyse the relationship between history, oral tradition and global political structures.” Centred around the theme of decoloniality, she uses “fashion as a form of investigation”. Her graduate collection ‘AN ANGOLAN ARCHIVE’ operates as an instigator creating an opportunity for one to discuss their own story and by all means tell it.”
Next up, Jessan Macatangay turned heads with his innovative collection which he describes as “surreal, stylish and ambitious.” His collection is “about finding beauty and power in struggle.”
Jessan told CULTED “I used a chair to represent struggle for this project. Even though a chair is made for you to rest on, when you put it in a different position on a body you give it an opposite power which becomes heavy and painful.”
He continued, explaining that “the best solutions are to face and deal with that struggle and manipulate it by finding ways to fit through it.”
Our fifth and final designer spotlight shines on Yasmina Atta.
Yasmina worked with motors and mechanical aspects within her collection, and through her work she “wanted to make something like technology, which can be seen as clinical, more spiritual or ritualistic.”
When asked about the inspiration behind her looks, Yasmina told CULTED: “The philosopher Frantz Fanon wrote ‘I am black: I am the incarnation of a complete fusion with the world’.”
She went on to say “this idea of being an amalgamation of worlds really was a strong force behind my work.”
So guys which of this year’s graduates stood out to you? Drop their @ below!
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