This month, menswear designer Rahemur Rahman is showing his graduate collection ‘Bengal Dream’ in Tower Hamlets — the same London borough where a community arts project first fired up his desire to study fashion.
Old photographs of his parents provided inspiration for Rahemur’s work, which draws heavily upon his Bangladeshi heritage. Dazed Digital describes the collection as “gossamer suiting for fantasy Far East business trips”.
To create his designs, Rahemur experimented with traditional weaving, knitting and screen printing techniques. The final fabrics were then produced in the village of Mirpur in Bangladesh. Rahemur wanted to show that the country can be a sustainable and ethical manufacturer of fabrics, despite disasters like Rana Plaza.
The collection is accessorised with bags, sunglasses and shoes, all made by Rahemur. He used spray paints to colour traditional shoes and soft leather bags in vibrant gold, pink and peach hues.
Passing on his knowledge
Rahemur gained his love of fashion and textiles through a project run by A-Team Arts, a youth organisation Central Saint Martins works with to help widen participation. He went on to study BA Fashion at the College and has interned with Louis Vuitton in Paris.
Throughout his time at Central Saint Martins, Rahemur was a student ambassador for our Widening Participation team. He continues to share his experience with children and young people who might not otherwise consider coming to the College, and will be running school workshops as part of his exhibition.
He notes: “Without Widening Participation I wouldn’t be the designer I am today, graduating from BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins. If it wasn’t for the constant support from Central Saint Martins Widening Participation staff, I don’t think I would’ve even made it to my final collection.”
You can catch Rahemur’s exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre until 30 November 2014.