All Walks, founded by Erin O Connor, Caryn Franklin and Debra Bourne, launched the Diversity NOW! campaign to give the next generation of fashion creators a chance to shape a future which celebrates a wider range of beauty and body ideals.
Beating students from across 33 different universities, students at LCF enthusiastically engaged with the DiversityNOW! campaign, seizing the chance to show the world how the next generation of fashion professionals will break through old stereotypes and limitations.
Two of the selected Clothing Design finalists, Brogan Toyn, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear, and Jessica Ng, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, have their work featured on i-D Online. Shabnam Eslambolchi, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear, also makes it to the Clothing Design final.
Lasha Demetrashvili, FdA Fashion Design Technology: Designer Pattern Cutter, is a finalist in the Illustration category with her designs juxtaposing the clothing of the Qajar period in Iran and contemporary woman, whilst Natalia Lipchanskaya, MA Fashion Photography, was awarded a place in the Photography final.
All of the LCF finalists were deemed to have made innovative and powerful statements on diversity and individuality. Rob Philips, Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology said:
“My students enthusiasm for this project is reflected in their brilliant work and I’m proud that we at London College of Fashion have this platform to express our passion for identity.”
All six LCF finalists will now face the judging panel which includes designer and LCF alumnus William Tempest, who will decide if the students have what it takes to be declared winners. Category winners and the overall winner will be revealed at Graduate Fashion Week in June.
Graduates from the following courses made it to the finals:
- BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear
- BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear
- MA Fashion Photography
- BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery
- FdA Fashion Design Technology: Designer Pattern Cutter
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