London has just experienced Graduate Fashion Week 2009, where BA Fashion Design students present their final collections. Over 50 schools exhibit their students' work, while 22 schools put on fashion shows.
Early in the week, Central Saint Martins showed and awarded the L'Oreal Professionnel Award to Marie Hill with runners-up Luke Brooks and Dean Quinn. 40 students in all showed their vision. Futurism was a major theme threading throughout the night, as well as big shoulders and embellishments (glitter!).
Marie Hill was inspired by the Helmet Newton power woman.
Luke Brooks was inspired by the concept of Jerusalem's Syndrome: the phenomenon of religious pilgrims being overwhelmed.
Dean Quinn was inspired by the films Bladerunner and The Confirmist.
On to the London College of Fashion, where Alicija Aputyte won the Textile award, Alex Rosenwald for Design Technology and Hoi Lam Wong for Collection of the Year. 28 students showed collections with extreme technical precision. Overall themes for the graduates included the Early Nineties, the colour beige, and androgyny.
Hoi Lam Wong was inspired by menswear tailoring.
Alicija Aputyte was inspired by the architecture of Gaudi and experimented with laser cutting.
Alex Rosenwald was inspired by military uniforms and parachutes.
After 4 days of school shows, the Gala Show exhibited the best work of the week. The jury included Matthew Williamson and Giles Deacon. Myrto Stamou of University for the Creative Arts Rochester won the River Island Gold Award. 12 other awards were given out as well.
Myrto Stamou's collection was inspired by the artwork of German Surrealist Hans Bellmer.