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Fashion ComPassion at the Chelsea College of Art and Design MA Show 2013

Last week, Fashion ComPassion attended the preview evening of the Chelsea College of Art and Design MA Show 2013! It was a fanstatic event and it was great to see so many up and coming designers showcasing their new and exciting creations. Here are just some of the designers which stood out for us.

‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif

‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

‘Generation A’, meaning the Arabic Generation, is all about the wonderful elements in the Middle Eastern culture, from the love for colour and pattern to the passion for desert animals and poetry.

‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

This collection uses universal symbolic images and patterns from the Middle East to create a whimsical and unique collection of blazers and skirts. ‘Generation A’ is aimed at the young modern Arabian women who is fashionable and proud of her culture.

‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

The collection also allows the wearer to feel an emotional connection with the garments, as each piece has a story to tell from the recycled woven patterns. ‘Generation A’ is a fashionable of allowing the future user to appreciate culture and respect their environment.

‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif. ‘Generation A’ by Azza Alsharif.

G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs?

G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs? G.Priya Darshini: How Has Globalisation And Colonialism Inspired The Design Evolution Of Traditional Indian Motifs?

Darshini’s interest in traditional Indian patterns and textiles led her to explore their significance in the modern world, both culturally and emotionally. Her work in print and surface media is an amalgamation of traditional and contemporary styles, depicting the beauty involved in the complexity of hybrid cultural lifestyles experienced by many today.

'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis

'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis. 'The New Silk Road' by Kathryn Lewis.

'The New Silk Road' collection, by Kathryn Lewis, explores how designers and artisans can work together to preserve traditional crafts. The collection combines traditional and digital technologies to create sustainable fabrics for fashion. In the last year, Kathryn has focused specifically on the Indian craft bandhani, a form of resist dyeing native to Rajasthan and Gujarat. Her collection is a collaboration with Jabber Khatri, a bandhani designer and artisan based in Gujarat. Inspiration comes from the work of J.M.W. Turner and from landscape photography. Kathryn’s work explores how designers and artisans can work together to preserve traditional crafts.

'Knitting The Houses Round' by Bronwen Campbell-Golding

‘Knitting The Houses Round’ by Bronwen Campbell-Golding. ‘Knitting The Houses Round’ by Bronwen Campbell-Golding.

Petite Albion by Bronwen Campbell-Golding and Fanny Santini

Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK. Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK.

Petite Albion is a social enterprise set up to enable and empower marginalised women with in the UK. Petite Albion aims to provide a sustainable form of income who have been isolated from the work of work. The idea for this project came about from the founders’ concern about the high number of unemployed people in the UK, with many young and vulnerable women marginalised from the world of work. Petite Albion has developed a childrenswear brand specialising in British alpaca hand knits for children from 3 months to 2 years. Designs focus on simple shapes and a neutral palette with a touch of colour.

'Freezing Time' by Yusi Xia

'Freezing Time’ collection by Yusi Xia. 'Freezing Time’ collection by Yusi Xia.

Yusi’s work is about the Chinese philosophy of the 5 elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These 5 elements, according to Chinese philosopher, connect everything in the world, that they are the cause and effect of everything.

'Freezing Time’ by Yusi Xia. 'Freezing Time’ by Yusi Xia.

Yusi wanted to uses different shapes, colour and materials to express the theory of the 5 elements in her collection of contemporary jewellery.

Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion

Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

Lucy Henderson’s MA project looks specifically at the culture of fast fashion and how designers could overcome such a serious issue. Her multi-functional classically shaped collection highlights the need to create investment pieces that are based on classic shapes and can be worn a multitude of ways; reducing the customer’s need to buy more clothes.

Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

Lucy wanted to show those who may fuel the fast fashion market that there that there is an alternative, one which is far less hurtful to the environment. Each one of Lucy’s garments can be unzipped and reversed to create a new shape or reveal an alternative print. All of the garments were digitally printed and constructed in the UK.

Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion. Lucy Henderson: The Sustainable Struggle Against Fast Fashion.

Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives 

Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives. Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives.

Liz’s work explores how the combination of artistic and handcrafted techniques, memory evocation and new technology can induce lasting bonds between the user and object in a post-modern world.

Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives. Liz Nehdi: 'This Isn't A Car...It's A Way Of Life' - Loading Objects With Emotional Value To Reduce Waste A Bring More Joy Into People's Lives.

'In The Mood For Love' by Chaoqun Zhang

‘In The Mood For Love’ By Chaoqun Zhang. ‘In The Mood For Love’ By Chaoqun Zhang.

As fashion becomes increasingly international and multicultural, many designers have become inspired by Chines clothing and decorative motifs. Chaoqun’s work is influenced by cheongsam which has symbolised Chinese identify. In her collection, Chaoqun stitched a variety of handmade Pankou (frog) to modern fashion design, which is the most important element of the cheongsam.

‘Return’ by Yijin Sun

‘Return’ by Yijin Sun. ‘Return’ by Yijin Sun.

In this collection, Yijin researched the shapes of old Chinese costume and selected historical colours. She created a new fabric, which combines high technology with traditional handcraft skill. The patterns are inspired by the drawings of Chinese facial features.

‘Her Life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri

‘Her life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri. ‘Her Life, Her Textiles’ by Pichatorn Nualdaisri.

Inspiration for this collection came from the story of the weavers in Thailand; weavers who weave traditional textiles for the main events of their lives from birth to death. The purpose of this Pichatorn’s project was to reduce refuse from fast fashion, bring back ‘craft’ to current trends, create job opportunities and change attitudes toward traditional textiles among the younger generation in Thailand.

‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan

‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan. ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan.

This collection of disposable paper garments tackles the problem by integrating products into the existing fast fashion model that will result in more sustainable outcomes. The garments are made from airlaid paper, a material that is comprised of fluff pulp, bonded with air and is fully biodegradable hence reducing the waste sent to landfill.

‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan. ‘Paper Garments’ by Zahra Jaan.

Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement? Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

Textile designer, Tianqi Yang, looks at how tradition and technology can work together in her MA collection. The formula which sums up her design philosophy? (Craftsmanship + Technology) x Fashion = Exciting Sustainability.

Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement? Tianqi Yang: How Can Craftsmanship Embrace New Technology To Aide The Slow Movement?

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