Collections created by the graduates of BA (Hons) Fashion programme were presented during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia 2016 on October 16th. Six best graduation works were demonstrated on a catwalk of the most prestigious Russian fashion show.
Throughout its existence, the BA (Hons) Fashion programme overseen by the talented course director Claire Lopeman has demonstrated outstanding academic achievements, while the last two shows were published by the leading fashion portal VOGUE.RU.
Due to impressive level of training, the students can easily continue their studies or find a job at largest international educational institutions and organizations. For several years the programme has been engaged in partnerships and has implemented live projects with brands such as Adidas Originals, JNBY, All Saints and TopShop, while the students of the programme have interned at Giles Deacon, Mary Katrantzou, Oswald Boateng, Danielle Scutt, Louise Gray, ZDDZ London and Eudon Choi fashion houses.
BA (Hons) Fashion graduates Ekaterina Abrosimova, Anna Efimkina, Jiyeon Young, Vasilya Zaitova, Anastasia Belkina, and Kirill Richter have demonstrated individuality, talent and creativity in their works.
Ekaterina Abrosimova called her collection Rite of Passage. Spontaneity and freedom are two key aspects that distinguish car travels from journeys using other means of transport. Inspired by the American traditions of road-tripping, the designer undertakes an imaginary journey across the highways of California, from Los Angeles to San Francisco, through her works. The collection is devoted to eternal dreamers, the ones who never stop in the search of their own road, acting spontaneously and relying on their inner senses.
Anna Efimkina chose the subtle substance of dream as her main theme. Her collection Dressed in Dreams is a nostalgic and innermost trip to the world of memories and an attempt to recreate that fragile and transitory essence of long-gone childhood years. She refers to the time spent outside the cities in a small village house. Seen through rose-colored glasses, these memories have been enhanced and romanticized.
Jiyeon Young in her work turned to the theme of a Contempo Nomad. The collection tells the life-story of a modern designer made up of constant travel and living abroad. She sees herself as a contemporary nomad: always on the road in today’s world without her place in it she could call home, constant relocations. Changes are her real home. The collection is distinguished by its energy and vivid aesthetics borrowed from the lifestyle of ethnic nomads and involves the use of intense colors and sculpture silhouettes.
Anastasia Belkina in her Toxic collection explores the dark and dangerous force of a woman capable of seducing a man with her persuasiveness, attractiveness and magnetic aura, and then breaking up with him without remorse, destroying him with her poison. The author was inspired by a research on various types of poison which became the basis for the prints. Layers of fabric that prints are applied to emphasize the complexity and ambiguity of the character and the special features of a femme fatale.
Vasilya Zaitova offered a new perspective on the issue of reservedness of office workers and created a collection she called the Office Inmates. The employees are lost in the labyrinth of open-space offices and incarcerated in business centers for immense amount of hours. The office life cannot be described in terms other than those of a prison. Prison emotions and prison feeling are revealed through the impeccably ironed shirt of an office employee. Elements of office spaces found their interpretation in the original cutout and unusual prints of the collection’s items.
Kirill Richter showed the world what a real Glitch is. His eponymous collection explores all aspects of mistakes and errors, be it related to software (interference or a system glitch) or human sins (pornography). The collection itself is a tabula rasa of sorts: some will see it as a hymn to porn industry, while the others perhaps will hear an echo of a funeral song to our society, the obvious injustice of the world, social deprivation and war. The main idea was to demonstrate the contemporary lifestyle, a glimmering and multicolor monster that we all are so proud of.
We congratulate course director Claire Lopeman, fashion technicians Aleksandra Saukova and Marina Patsino, as well as all participants of the show with this triumphant success and wish them to never stop moving forward and reaching new heights!