With an increasingly prominent presence on the official London Fashion Week schedule – February edition – Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion students have long been awarded the unique opportunity to showcase their graduate collections to the wealth of the industry.
For the first time ever, this year the 15 students selected to show will also present their work to the public, in a ten day exhibition titled ‘Nude’, open from today on-site at the Lethaby Gallery.
Curated by Alistair O’Neill, Reader in Fashion and Pathway Leader of Fashion History and Theory on the course (also responsible for curating ‘Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!’), the space offers a further insight to the creative heads of Fabio Piras’s 2015 class.
“If you design for a body you can’t start from zero,” reads the wall text that introduces the exhibition. Elsewhere in the room Charles Jeffrey’s Aran sweaters are partnered with a paint splattered stool, Masha Reva’s single red jacket is vacuum packed against a yellow block, and Shinsuke Nakano’s white pleated pieces can be found climbing up a column; joint winners of the L’Oreal Professional Creative Award, Matty Bovan and Beth Postle also feature.
Like the presentation versus runway show conversation that has opened within the industry in recent seasons, the exhibition taps into a new – and perhaps for some, stronger – method of expression; central to the showcase however, literally in the middle of the floor, a film of the February runway show is also projected. Ain't no one missing out.