A few weeks ago, I attended Liverpool John Moore University runway at Graduate Fashion Week. Not my first at a fashion week but seeing graduate’s designs for the first time indeed. And what a show! Showcasing 16 designers, the university proved that Liverpool is as good as London when it comes to studying and launching a career in fashion!
I have always loved fashion. Indeed, I confessed not so long ago how much I love fashion blogging. This love is not gonna stop any time soon! To me, fashion is more than a word, a concept or an industry. It is also art. I do believe fashion can express so much and takes inspiration from everywhere. History, painting, metal work, travel, etc. However, just as any art, you need a context to fully understand its meaning.
Here’s a bit of concext on the fashion show then.
The University recently recruited Andrew Ibi as Head of the Fashion department to “bring support, guidance, leadership and a new perspective of cultural relevance, diversity, and disruption.” His task was too help students push boundaries, be daring in their art and create something mind blowing, unique that will be more than the next collection in Zara.
This year theme for Liverpool John More’s Graduate Fashion Week was SPAM – Sex, Politics, Art & Money. Important topics yet still controversial and challenging. Students created collections that “had meaning, changed perception and were made with authenticity and quality of implementation.”
I have got to be honest. As much as I love fashion, I also think that what we see on the runway is separate from everything else. It is art and show, not high street or wearable. It is great for sending a message, take position or make a statement but it is unlikely that you will see those designs anywhere else than on the runway. That’s why I believe you need to take it as pure art with a purpose.
Then you can enjoy the show and see it for its true purpose – sending a message, translating a meaning. Putting the creation back into theme and context will truly help you enjoy it. It also happens that sometimes designs are also wearable. In that case, win-win! As I said earlier, I am not used to that sort of fashion but I really enjoyed the show. I particularly loved Jade Maule for the minimalism and elegance, Shannon McCafferty for the shapes and fantasy, and Nadia Atique for the aesthetic.
However, my favorite remains Harriet Law. The cut, the colors, the design, I love it all!
Again, fashion is art and also a matter of taste. What I liked might not resonate with you at all but trying to understand the context and story behind a collection is a step in the right direction.
I really enjoyed the experience and liked quite a few designs. Some of the designers won or were shortlisted for some awards, which shows how good they are. This Graduate Fashion Week helped Liverpool John Moore to align themselves with the capital’s leading fashion schools, but also to “stand out as an institution to study at if you want to disrupt, make a difference and excel in both technique and concept.”
What do you think? Any designs or collections you like more than any other one? Have you ever been to a fashion show? And to Graduate Fashion Week? Did you know the fashion scene was that good outside of London too?
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