I was invited to the inaugural MDIS Graduate Fashion Festival a couple months back, a one-night-only fashion show at the National Design Centre. The concept of “Maze” was the evening’s theme and metaphor for the students’ creative journey, from the marked entrance – the start of their collection/marketing project, through branches and alleys – the various stages of the development process; to the achievement of the goal – the successful completion of their collections and projects. This was the theme of the entry exhibition where guests could immerse themselves in a 5-stage journey, namely research, conceptualisation, execution, deadline and completion.
While there was an exhibition by the Fashion Marketing and Branding students, the student Fashion Show was a highlight of the evening with 6 graduating students sending their collections down the runway.
Noella Foo (Singapore). Inspired by children traumatic experiences, designed a street- style collection that mixes mini-sized and over-sized garments covered by colourful graphic embroideries.
Yuna Yun (Korea). Fascinated by traditional Korean heritage, designed a pleated collection using fine linen fabrics sourced from mountain villages in her home country, exclusively dyed in pale colours.
Drishti Makhija (India). Moved by the exploration of human body imperfections, designed a collection based on textile manipulation – embroidery on fur and lace – to replicate skin textures, wrinkles and lumps.
Fenella Fauzou (Mauritius). Encouraged by the principle of women empowerment and inspired by the concept of hope in the form of shining candles, designed a collection of office outfits enhanced by secret details.
Park Yeeun (Korea). Graduated from Nottingham Trent University. Participated in London Graduate Fashion Week 2015 with a collection that combines technical materials and candy colours.
Dahyee Jee (Korea). Graduated from Nottingham Trent University. Participated in London Graduate Fashion Week 2015 with a two-dimensional collection inspired by happy childhood memories.
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Congrats to all the graduating students. I find that most of the concepts are well-executed and not only are the garments playful and fun to look at, many pieces are wearable in real life too.
Thank you, MDIS, for the invitation.