Kingston University London has presented its 20 final-year Bachelor in Fashion students at the university’s graduation fashion show, hosted by Kingston University alumna and industry professional Caryn Franklin MBE.
Ben Davis’ utility-wear collection took inspiration from cycling and was primarily made from wax cotton and scuba fabric; he said in a statement: “I’ve taken the elements of typical cycling clothing such as stretch fabric, breathable material and reflective triangles to form a multiple purpose collection that works for a number of styles.”
Marcel Dominguez created his collection based on his idea of male locker rooms and the stereotypical masculinity of sportswear; he explained: “I’ve always been interested in what role sportswear plays in the construction of gay and queer identities.
“I’ve realised that I’ve dressed in sportswear previously as a way of hiding myself to fit into normative masculine standards. My idea was to challenge those perceptions and come up with a sportswear collection that allows individuals to feel comfortable expressing their sexuality.”
Meerim Mamatova produced two menswear and four womenswear looks, inspired by the theme of heritage; she added: "In Kyrgyzstan, there are still people who live a semi-nomadic way of life in the mountains, and they wear multiple layers because of the changing weather.
“I wanted to create a modern, comfortable and transformable collection that allows people to have more styling options and to be prepared for any type of weather.”
Zhanna Moskalyova created a womenswear collection featuring abstract shapes and structures; she commented:“I looked into how Ukraine and bordering countries were trying to rebuild their identities after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
“I was inspired by Alexander Bondar, who photographed abandoned Soviet buildings, and a book called Soviet Bus Stops by Christopher Herwing. I was really interested to see how I could incorporate these striking shapes into clothing.”