Friday, 14 September 2012

GRADUATE SHOWCASE| Maia Bergman and May Tang

It’s day one at Vauxhall Fashion Scout, and up first is the Graduate Showcase, celebrating the work of eleven new graduates from across the UK. The exhibition showcases three looks from each designer, curated by Fashion156 Creative's, Guy Hipwell, with Central Saint Martins graduate Maia Bergman, and London College of Fashion's Mei Tang being the first look to fashion's future on the VFS blog ahead of Spring/ Summer.

First up, Argentinian Central Saint Martins grad Maia Bergman who graduated this May with a degree in Fashion Print. Bergman's graduate collection combines sheer fabrics, and vibrant, intricate beading in varying pastel hues.  Using a consistent sheer base, Bergman has created the effect of a playful print on each garment, by her aforementioned use of carefully placed beads; a testament to her background in Print and her skill as a designer.  

London College of Fashion graduate, May Tang's MA collection “Writhe In Parade” was inspired by skeletal deformities; responding to this, Tang altered the patterns of each garment very slightly, in order to create pieces that had variety yet maintain uniformity.  The nature of her concept inspired the dominant use of lace, which Tang reworked to resemble bone cell structures in accordance with her original theme.  Despite being a Womenswear collection, its structure is purposefully androgynous in order to mirror the unbiased nature of congenital spinal diseases.  

Text by Abigail Gurney-Read (@AbbyGurneyRead)
Images by Asia Werbel, and Alice Luker (second to last)