Louise Clark's final collection has the name ‘Abstract Romanticism’ and combined two very different themes. One research theme inspired her print and the other her silhouette. Her previous trip to China where she completed her internship really inspired her prints as she fell in love with the Chinese Calligraphy and the expressive, abstract mark making which these line drawings captured. She then used this inspiration to create her own prints and experimented using flocking on sheer fabric which was a continuous running theme throughout her collection.
The silhouette came from looking at 19th Century Clothing, as she has always loved the high necks and large gathered sleeves. However, she always wanted to re-create this silhouette in a more contemporary style by using brighter pops of colour and layering up her prints to create an impact on the catwalk. She combined two very different research themes as she wanted to create a very unique collection that had never been done before.
Priscilla Adejo; A fashion designer from Nigeria whose passion for playful and exciting bursts of creativity in all forms of arts and storytelling has so far, shown the world that Adejo as a brand is a new way to share love and create individuality for people looking for a unique feel from the rest of the world.
As a youngster, she would wake up at night to find new ways of expressing herself and her emotions. Being a multi-talented artist, she was able to develop an independent view through night sketching, drawings and paintings. Having created personal storybooks and illustrated each page herself, it created the desire to find new ways of expression. As loving parent always do, Priscilla’s provided the support needed to nurture her creativity and talent.
In 2011, Priscilla developed an interest in the fashion industry, realising she had to learn how to sew on a sewing machine after mastering the art of sewing by hand. She enrolled into a fashion school in Nigeria where instead of being taught how to sew, she became an errand girl and not being happy with this situation she decided to quit. She then purchased her first sewing machine training herself for 3 years. As the passion for fashion multiplied she went on to study Fashion, Product and Promotion at the University of Sunderland where she became more exposed from the many researches and projects she worked on. Mixing English Elegance with African history and tradition, she created a project that compiled the age of tie and dye emerging from Nigeria through her prints mixing it with a rugged but regular shape of military and civilian wear to create a Collection of designs that ensured she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in July 2017.
Not wanting to rest on her laurels, she signed up for the Fashions Finest Africa in May 2018, creating the Collection she called “Motherland” derived from the understanding that Nigeria is her home. The all-female collection danced to the beats of culture adding a flair aspect both literarily and figuratively. Now, she looks to keep up with pace and release her second collection in a Year at The Fashions Finest UK with the drive to bring African Elegance back to the UK.
Tokyo-born currently Paris-based designer Misora Nakamori studied fashion at the ROYAL academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp and she got her name known in public by one of the world fashion-icon Lady gaga when she appeared in media with Misora’s collection on. To pursue her raw spirits of craftsmanship and consolidate her creativity, she moved to London and, by experiments in different skills at many workshops such as metal work, wood, resin, laser and rapid forms, Misora established her sense of hybrid in the exquisite combination of technology and hand-made crafts.
This experience led her successful presentation of a multi-disciplinary collection that includes footwear and accessories all done by herself at her master degree in womenswear at RCA in 2018. She has been working closely with a Japanese 3D printer, Aspect ltd. as one of her mission to suggest modern design in the new generation and this journey can be seen in her collections.
The application of varied materials represent the strong image of her world and delicate creativity with her sophisticated cuttings is always appreciated by the viewers. Her bold yet luxury design embrace fashion and other fields. She announced that she officially starts her label from SS19 at London fashion week.
Gauhar Ali is a fashion designer originally from Pakistan and a recent graduate of the prestigious school of fashion in Florence. She was lately a selected candidate amongst 20 other designers for her graduation show.
Her day to day life plays a huge role in the development of her ideas/concepts. She feels are there are certain things and visual picture that ignite a spark in her imagination. Life experiences are like a big reservoir for other design inspiration. The more traveling and experiences, the better she can translate her ideas into real designs and eventually actual garments. Art and history are definitely elements that serve as her inspiration. Current/social day affairs also impact her thinking and therefore further translation of her designs.
It's like she’s narrating her own story through her clothes.
Moods and emotions greatly impact her aesthetic. She refers to vintage garments to help in creating her silhouettes and while looking for new patterns. Draped silhouettes, flowing cuts and Avant Garde tailoring are all a part of her work. From the use of bold coloured fabrics to various embroided/printed materials; her clothes are a fusion or oriental tones and western chic.
Magazines such as Vogue Italia and Fucking Young have also featured her latest work.
After a successful launch in Nigeria, Fashions Finest is set for its 16th season during London Fashion Week.
Since she was a child Romina Dorigo developed her creative attitude in mom's tapestry shop, playing with fabrics and old clothes. The first step was the upper institute for the fine arts "G. Sello" of Udine. In the last two years she went to Florence to "Fondazione Capucci" for a tailoring course on Madeleine Vionnet and her unique techniques. After two months she went to Verona to the "Fashion Ground Academy" for a seminar and a fashion show tribute to Valentino Garavani. She deepened her artistic studies at the Academy of Fine Arts "LABA- Free Academy of Fine Arts" (RN) where she graduated in October 2017. Three intense years of university, which push her to London in the prestigious "Central Saint Martin", where she had the opportunity to combine her studies with the creativity of the artists within the UAL. Her first time at CSM was not enough, so after her Fashion Mix course, she returned home to work on that new collection. The result was an exhibition at the Fashion Biennial. After the CSM course everything changed, so she moved to London for two more courses, one dedicated to sustainable fashion and one to the portfolio.
Now you can find her collections on Vogue UK, Vanityfair UK, House of Coco and Candid Magazine.
Keywords: upcycling and still life, this was her starting point for the consideration of a beauty that can be seen as perishable.
Caroline Perino is a London-based fashion designer. With a passion for drawing since she was 3 years old, she started drawing clothes because of all the details she could put in one outfit. That lead her to eventually finding herself in Fashion.
Tijana was born in Titograd. She graduated at the Faculty of Fashion and Textile Design of Ljubljana University. She has exhibited at several collective exhibitions and participated in several fashion shows, she works as theatre costume designer and a set designer. She is also involved in costume designing and styling for films, tv shows, video spots, textile design, and fashion design (unique clothing and textiles, exhibition textiles, decorative design and fashion accessories design), and graphic design. She also had a few group and individual exhibitions. Tijana has participated with her designs at World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. She is at the final year of her PhD studies in Ljubljana, and she is currently working on several projects. She worked as a costume designer and production designer on more theatre performances. In addition to this, she has participated in several solo and group exhibitions. She has won several awards; the last prize was on group project "Fashion System" at the Biennial of Design in Ljubljana -BIO50. Currently, she is on currently PhD studies for fashion and textiles in Ljubljana and works as an assistant professor at Faculty for Fashion Design and Multimedia.
AKAME is a young brand, established by student Admir Kapich, who is currently finishing his master study in fashion design at Esmod Berlin. He wanted his brand to grow and evolve with him during his studies. While researching different styles and aesthetics, he found that attention to details, research, drawing and nature, presents a significant part in his work. Therefore AKAME is dedicated to art and culture. Admir would like to take his brand to the road where he can merge art and craft of today with a vision of future. He dreams to find new aesthetic, a silhouette- one that belongs only to AKAME.
Another element that Admir wants to embrace is Sustainability. Since nature is fundamental to him, taking care of materials and production is very important. Fashion in his eyes is there always to embrace change and improvement. Therefore sustainable approach is essential in his design process.