On the 28th May 2013, Central Saint Martins selected 40 students to display their graduation collection at 1 Granary building. The Granary Complex, which once held Lincolnshire wheat for London’s bakers, is now home of University of the Arts London.
Each year Nirvana produce the invite for the graduate fashion show and this years pop-up invite was designed by Danny Vaia, for both the 3pm and 7pm shows. We captured the ‘making of’ the invite, showcasing all the processes involved throughout – you can watch it here.
We went along to the 2013 graduate fashion show and met with 3 students from the select 40 – Nicholas Daley, Lois Blamire and Matthew Bovan – they spoke with us about their collection and their time at CSM, full length videos can be seen here.
Nicholas Daley – Menswear – What has been the inspiration behind your collection?
Nicholas – my inspiration for the collection was based on British sub-cultures and I was looking at Don Letts, he is a punk DJ and I just liked that period of time. There was a fusion of Carribbean and British.
Lois Blamire – Womenswear – What fabrics will we see in your collection?
Lois – My fabric choice mainly came from not wanting certain things in the collection, I didn’t really want plastic things and in the end I used practically all canvas which is for painting and I really liked the idea that the canvas is unclothed like. I made the whole collection pink which is kind of the glamourous side to it.
Matthew Bovan – Knitwear – What materials can we expect to see in your collection?
Matthew – There is a lot of plastic, a lot of jelly yarn which has been hand knitted and pressed flat and there’s hardly any fabric.
We also interviewed BA course director – Willie Walters, who gave us an insight in to what the students can expect when they enrol on to the Fashion course at Saint Martins and what the future might hold for them, watch below.
On the night the room was packed out with a host of fashionistas, artist Greyson Perry and this years Guests of Honour and Celine creative director Phoebe Philo and designer Giles Deacon. Giles Deacon also presented the L’Oreal Professionnel Prize to graduate winner Mao Usami.
Mao Usami – winner of the L’Oreal Professionel Award