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This year, Ravensbourne BA (Hons) Fashion students were invited for the third year running to exhibit at London Fashion Week. A total of 15 students were invited to showcase their collections.
A selection of students were also invited to exhibit their work at Paris Fashion Week in front of industry greats such as Louis Vuitton. We caught up with some of the students to find out more about their inspirations for their work.
Interviews with Annie Severs, Bella Patterson, Emily Evans, Adam Pun and Hannah Thorogood on their collections.
My collection was called the Inconvenience of Dress, so I was critiquing how seriously fashion seems to be taken at the moment and that it always has to mean something really intense.
For my collection, I wanted it to be about feeling something. Yes, there is a place for art that's functional and really wearable, but I wanted my collection to be fluid art pieces that evoke a feeling and an emotion.
I wanted my collection to be about the craftsmanship, and of creating passion through that. I think clothes can make you feel something, and for me, that's what's exciting.
Behind the scenes at London Fashion Week 2023, photographer credit: Jason Lloyd Evans
Catwalk show at London Fashion Week 2023, photographer credit: John Steven Martinez
My inspiration is about the journey of me growing up in Nepal and the transition of moving to London. It combines nostalgia, heritage and tradition and fuses this together with my experiences of living in London.
For this specific collection I wanted to use leather, because it takes the traditional craftmanship of weaving, but elevates it by using a material that is more luxurious.
For my collection, I started looking at dance, because it was a big passion of mine as a kid, in particular ballet. I did my dissertation about men in the dance industry and how currently there is a distinct lack of innovative clothing in this space.
I then juxtaposed the traditional feminine ballet aesthetic with American Football and fused the two together.
I mainly worked with sports fabric, for example airtex, which is the material mostly used on basketball jerseys, and I also used a lot of lycra. I also incorporated denim, to give it a more contemporary feel.
A snapshot of the 15 student's collections both on the catwalk and behind the scenes
On the catwalk at London Fashion Week 2023, photographer credit: John Steven Martinez
Check out the BA (Hons) Fashion course at Ravensbourne.
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