Graduate Directory 2020: Fashion

Graduate Directory 2020: Fashion

We’ve combed through institutions, ateliers and workshops around the world to uncover the best in class

Xiaotu Tang
London College of Fashion, UK

Recycled milk bottle bag

Tang’s accessories collection incorporates recycled packaging to propose ‘new directions for luxury goods’. Classic shapes have upcycled updates, like a bucket bag made from milk bottles or an umbrella holder formed from a stack of Diet Coke cans. Andy Warhol also provided inspiration.

Dream collaborator: Hermès

Natalie Rushton
London College of Fashion, UK

A man stands in beige clothes with his hands across a table

Rushton’s fluid, gender-subverting menswear collection draws on her British and Japanese heritage, referencing pictures of her grandparents from the 1950s. Suiting appears oversized in sugary tones, blousons have dandyish pussy bow collars, and silk wool halternecks are paired with pearls.

Dream collaborator: Tim Walker

Mirjami Nyman
Aalto University, Finland

Woman stands in a beige duster coat with beige heels
Woman with curly hair stands in a blue plastic suit with blue court heels

Inspired by dentist uniforms, Nyman’s collection features oversized, medical scrubs-toned plastic suiting, paired with plastic-swathed court shoes. ‘I like to take humorous references but produce something that is taken seriously,’ she says.

Dream collaborator: German band Easter

Adam Swärd
Beckmans College of Design, Sweden

Man stands on a plinth holding a pearl necklace

To categorise fashion into male or female is to hinder creativity,’ says Swärd, whose collection includes high-waisted trousers, transparent beaded tops and asymmetric blouses. ‘No silhouettes, materials or styles are o limits,’ says the designer, citing Grace Wales Bonner as inspiration.

Dream collaborator: Tilda Swinton

Alvaro Mars
IED Barcelona, Spain

Woman stands in a black dress with multiple ribbons

‘I wanted to create something contemporary from my Spanish roots,’ says Mars, whose multi-buttoned Puritan collar coats, claret-panelled bodysuits and bulbous dresses draw on amenco culture, Baroque theatre and the sartorial heritage of 19th century Spanish couturiers.

Dream collaborator: Comme des Garçons

Vanessa Agostini (pictured left)
Università Iuav di Venezia, Italy

Man and woman pose together wearing dresses

Agostini, who recently interned at Raf Simons, references Bernard Rudofsky’s 1971 book The Unfashionable Human Body in her collection, which incorporated digital printing and features ribbed knit bodysuits and oversized trousers that appear undone and fall away from the body.

Dream collaborator: Stella McCartney

Mary Crisp (pictured above, right)
Savannah College of Art and Design, US

Drawing on the mismatched interiors in her grandmother’s home, Crisp’s padded silhouettes focus on transforming the wearer into a chintzy piece of soft furniture, with dungarees and evening dresses emblazoned with oral prints, Delftware patterns and tufty fringing.

Dream collaborator: John Galliano

Elin Arvidsson
Swedish School of Textiles, Sweden

Woman sands in a silk cape against a checkered rug

Arvidsson’s collection of spliced and reformed designs, which features raw edge pyjama silhouettes and underwear dangling with loose threads, has an undone appeal. A palette of delicate pinks, beiges and creams, meanwhile, is a nod to the ‘tones of beautified femininity’.

Dream collaborator: Olafur Eliasson

Nensi Dojaka
Central Saint Martins, UK

Underwear lies on a wire hanger

Dojaka’s underwear-inspired collection features mini skirts, bra tops and cycling shorts, constructed from gauzy, ruched, panelled fabrics. She says, ‘I began by collecting 1990s images that translated the mood of a poem I love, Anne Sexton’s Her Kind’. 

Dream collaborator: Melanie Ward

Skye Gwillim
Royal College of Art, UK

A breif pant inspired bag

Gwillim’s accessories collection began with her taking photos of London commuters, some with laptop cases squeezed between their legs or juggling multiple bags. Her minimalist, hardware-free leather accessories, with body-shaped grooves, mould to and become extensions of the body.

Dream collaborator: Marianne Wex

Alex Luonto
Aalto University, Finland

Man stands to his side to reveal tie up back trousers

Referencing protective welding uniforms and A Nightmare on Elm Street, Luonto’s menswear collection features tailored jackets in slick buckled leather, shrunken mohair vests in Freddy Krueger-style red-and-black stripes, and metal embellishments formed using nails, nose hoops and key rings.

Dream collaborator: Marimekko

Shinichi Haga
Central Saint Martins, UK

Man stands in a black smoking jacket with a white shirt

In Haga’s suiting-focused menswear collection, volume is key; the juxtaposition of shrunken and oversized features references the 1980s Buffalo movement. High-waisted trousers nod to Japanese workwear, and handmadebelt buckles are lacquered using the urushi technique.

Dream collaborator: Henry Poole & Co.

Gloria Regotz
Institute of Fashion Design, Switzerland

A man and a woman wear a double neck jumper made from chipbaord

Regotz’s collection features graphic dresses cinched with belts made from computer chipboard, and a stretchy sweatshirt with two necks, to be worn by two people together. ‘I worked around this sense of being connected,’ she says. ‘Even if the wearers try, they can’t get away from each other.’

Dream collaborator: Dimitra Petsa

Camila Fukumothi
London College of Fashion, UK

Woman putting on a shirt made from cardboard

Fukumothi’s jackets, coats and bags, made from a polyester and paper bre, resemble folded pieces of cardboard. ‘I’m fascinated by layering and innovative construction that emphasises shape and form,’ she says, citing Rachel Whiteread and Hussein Chalayan as inspiration.

Dream collaborator: Craig Green


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