BA (Hons) Fashion student presented her project at The Graduate Fashion Week in London for the first time in the history of British Higher School of Art & Design. Temina Pogosyan opened the fashion show with her Solitude collection. Complicated cuts and unconventional textures drew admiration from the audience and were appreciated by the jury of the contest.
Graduate Fashion Week is held annually since 1991. It originally emerged as a forum to acknowledge the best British graduate specialists in the field of fashion design. The event’s main goal is to introduce the new talented designers to the industry and to promote creative innovators in order to ensure that fashion industry retains a significant role in the economy of the UK and the rest of the world. Each year, graduates from around 50 universities display their works at London Graduate Fashion Week, and around 22 fashion shows take place.
Temina Pogosyan graduated from BA (Hons) Fashion in 2017. She drew inspiration for her collection from the works of a famous film director Andrei Tarkovsky.
“Participation in the fashion week was one of the most important and memorable events in my life. Before I showed my collection in London, I did not realize how big and responsible the job that we had done together with my tutors was. During the studies, I worked closely with my course director Claire Lopeman and my tutor Jane Francis to make sure that even the smallest details come out perfect.
The collection is a means of my self-expression. Its concept deals with learning how to love and accept solitude. Elements of Tarkovsky’s works connect us to the surreal world, and the collection serves as a mirror reflecting both my inner and outer ‘self’, clothes that are hidden in whimsical landscapes created by the director. Abstract destructive cuts and experimental fabric support and saturate the atmosphere of the collection.
I chose the area where I want to develop as a person and a specialist at a very early age. I don’t have formal artistic education, but throughout my childhood I used to paint in oils. When I was in the 8th grade, I learned about BHSAD from the Internet and immediately realized that I’d found the right place for me and that I wanted to study conceptual art from British tutors. The BA program gave me very important knowledge and skills that now can be appreciated not only in Russia, but in other countries as well.
I’ve always known that I want to dedicate my life to conceptual fashion and art, therefore I am extremely grateful to my mentor Claire Lopaman. It is thanks to her that my works were for the first time displayed at such a high-profile fashion week”, says Temina.
You can take a look at the fashion show by Temina Pogosyan here.