Fashion students from around London are working on a project to document the history of tailoring on and around Savile Row. The project is being funded by the Museum of London and digital-works (an arts and education charity organization). With their support, these students have interviewed twenty-five people from various aspects of the trade. The goal is to “celebrate the history and skills of the men and women in the industry with candid stories of pride and hardship, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie, and brushes with the famous and powerful.” Unlike other projects that try to do the same, this one puts tailors at the center of this history, rather than famous clients and/ or big, faceless firms.
Carmen Fernández Sanz is a designer born and raised in Seville, Spain. She is currently living in Madrid where she moved to study Fashion Design. She attended as well the London College of Fashion - Official with an international student grant. “I’ve worked for Fashion womenswear companies for six years. Although, more than a year ago I decided to change my career to freelance pattern design.”
She’s passionate about patterns and she’s constantly looking for new forms of expressions and inspiration. “I’ve gradually developed a personal style strongly influenced by colour and Avant-garde Art: Constructivism, Suprematism, Dada, and Bauhaus.” She has an obsession with textures and find inspiration everywhere, from nature to furniture, textiles, tiles and so on. “I’m really into digital creations at the moment. The computer is my main tool; I always try to get a very graphical and contemporary look. Although my tastes are always changing!”
Currently working on a silk scarf collection printed with her patterns. “I’m really excited about this. I’ve had this idea in my head for months and I feel that now is the right time to do it!”
The renowned London College of Fashion’s Fashion Contour students have been gracing my screen with their graduated lingerie collections. Looking through their work on the Lingerie courses portfolio site shows future promise of new and interesting things. From distressed beautifully raw fabrics, Constructed Weaving, interesting design shapes and concepts as well as future thinking fabric innovations.
Good luck to all and if you are interested in more from the course take a look around their showtime page here.
(Charley Bishop, Aimee Jackson, Basma Masri, Alice Roberts, Yue Zhoe, Katalin Aradi)
Plump pastel silicone garments moulded from knitwear feature in this collection by Royal College of Art graduate Xiao Li.
“Traditional knitwear is more soft and shapeless,” Li told Dezeen. “I wanted to find out a new way to present knitwear and was influenced by Modern architecture and 60s Balenciaga.” Li used her own knitting samples to create moulds to produced patterned silicone material used entirely for a jacket and skirt, and as hems or accessories for genuine knitted items. “I wanted to make sure my collection is innovative but still wearable,” she said.
“All the materials came in white and I dyed them by myself to match the colour.”