The penny has well and truly dropped for recent creative graduates. The time has now come for their three years of hard work and studying to be put into gear, and head out into the world wide creative industry. An exceptional student who recently graduated from London College of Fashion is Jessica Leclercq, a new designer who uses her work to empower the social issues of women and the underrepresented in the fashion world.

Anitgone by Jessica LEnfants Terribles | LCC graduate show 2016

Anitgone by Jessica LAntigone | Issue 1 2016

Half French, half Mauritian, Leclercq launched her graduate fashion illustration project, Antigone. A magazine that embraces race, size, sexuality, disability and gender issues that the designer feels is depicted in a uniformed way throughout the fashion industry. “Antigone celebrates the fact that beauty is in individuality and diversity”  Says Leclercq.

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

Contributed to by many different illustrators and writers, the piece is characterised by colourful, expressive illustrations. The designer wished the visual identity of Antigone to blend art with words, adopting the analogy that just like art, the human body has a beautiful unique and imperfect quality to it. “When reading my work, I want women to love themselves as well as learn about innovative, reflective and sometimes disturbing topics” says Leclercq.

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

Inspired by many aspects such as, music, literature, and art, through her practise and passion of journalism, this considerate designer aims to celebrate the fact that beauty is in individuality and diversity. Particularly focusing on women, for example, a feature article within Antigone discusses delicate subject of the hijiab as a feminist statement? Leclercq believes there is a responsibility (as a journalist) to treat issues that are sometimes silenced by the government or even society itself. Although her background is not in political journalism, women’s rights heavily influence her work.

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

The vision and ideas expressed by the designer uses fashion journalism not only as a platform, but as a form of embodiment of what her brand stands for. Moreover, challenging the fact that there are too many mainstream women magazines that make women feel bad about themselves and their bodies. Therefore, Leclercq went for a more zine-like approach, wanting the readers to feel accepted and welcomed.

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

Anitgone by Jessica LJessica Leclercq | Antigone

With special thanks to Jessica Leclercq for her artistic insights and inspirations.

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright

References
 Leclercq. J. Antigone magazine. Images published through https://issuu.com/. Images available at: http://www.antigonemagazine.com/issue-1.html