This week, University of Arts London College of Fashion presented their exciting graduate fashion exhibitions and shows, giving the crowd a taste of the new and upcoming talent that will be entering the fashion industry. LCF’s events covered a vast range of creative realms such as fashion illustration, photography, direction, womenswear, menswear, jewellery design, shoe design and many more disciplines. The jewellery design and fashion illustration students showcased beautifully conceptual pieces with interesting elements of abstraction. The students explore important current issues through their designs.

The stimulating work exhibited by this year’s alumni is sure to mark the beginning of an exciting journey for the London College of Fashion graduates as designers. Here are the Hausie highlights!

LCF | 2016 exhibition

One of the designers that immediately caught the eye upon entering the exhibition space was the work of Ching-Hui Yang. His graduate collection is concerned with the acceptance of acquired physical disability and social attitudes towards personal appearance. The process of psychosocial adjustment following an acquired disability has been viewed as a sequence of stages (Fortier & Wanlass, 1984), similar to those experienced during the grief associated with one’s imminent death or the loss of a loved one (Kubler- Ross, 1969).

 Ching-Hui Yang | photography by Vincent Cui 

The pieces aim to explore psychosocial adjustment problems among people with acquired disabilities, and translate their feeling from the beginning until now, to become a jewellery collection which could stimulate people to empathise with their experience and embrace diversity.

Ching-Hui Yang | photography by Vincent Cui

‘Magical Collapsibility’ is a collection created by fashion graduate Hsin-Chi Hung. Adorning delicate geometrical forms, these innovative designs have the amazing ability to transform. What appears to be a slimline geometric object on the offset, can be reconstructed into new ornamental geometrical arrangements. 

Hsin-Chi Hung | photography by Vincent Cui 

Hsin-Chi Hung | photography by Vincent Cui

Hsin-Chi Hung | photography by Vincent Cui

Featured within Xitong Emily He’s collection were adornments from her ‘Lifestyle and Expression’ collection. Expression focused on the contours of the human form and used 3D printing technology as one of its construction methods, an up and coming process in the world of fashion design. Other pieces were of similar shape, however were made primarily of silver.

Xitong Emily He | Expression | Photography by Argiel Del Mundo

Xitong Emily He | Lifestyle | Photography by Argiel Del Mundo

On the other hand, her Lifestyle collection contained bracelets designed to look like delicate pieces of rope. Shifting to a more editorial style, the accessories embrace a unique approach that is executed brilliantly.

Victoria Adelabu | LCF 2016

Another designer inspired by geometrical shape is Victoria Adelabu. The designer combines bold, metallic constructs with delicate stones and crystals in an almost poetic juxtaposition. Her wearable pieces are smooth, square and bold and make enchanting statement pieces.

“My collection is based on a love for geometric forms shape and space. I created my pieces, drawing inspiration from all the beautiful geometric lines I could see within architecture and virtual reality.” Victoria Adelabu 

Victoria Adelabu | LCF 2016

Victoria’s biggest visual contributors towards the creation of the collection were games such as Monument Valley and Stack, along with the beautiful building La Muralla Roja in Spain which was designed by architect Ricardo Bofill Levi. Characterised by strong lines, the talented designer has added her own classic feminine touches such as the diamonds embedded within the resin.

DSC_0709Jessica Leclercq | Illustration by Nicole Calow

The fashion illustration quarter was equally as impressive and imaginative. One of the notable ambitious and professional pieces of work was put together by Jessica Leclercq. Featuring many contributors which included, illustrators, photographers and journalists, Leclercq presented Antigone magazine.

 

Jessica Leclercq | Illustration by Katy Jalili

Antigone magazine embraces womanhood and the under-represented. Race, size, sexuality, disability and gender are always depicted in a uniformed way throughout the fashion industry. Antigone celebrates the fact that beauty is in individuality and diversity. The publication is rich in illustrations – all celebrating womanhood, aiming to blend art with the human body.

“Art isn’t supposed to be beautiful or aesthetic. Just like art, what is interesting in a body or face is its uniqueness.”

– Jessica Leclercq

Written by Amber Weaver

Edited by Christina Wright