Central Saint Martins BA 2009

We picked out ten BA fashion graduates from this year's crop of CSM students and shot their collections backstage at their final year show.

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Central Saint Martins once again put on a BA show that demonstrated a range of talent that are either hoping to carry on and progress to the famed MA course or strike out on their own with labels, fuelled by the recent  success of young graduates like Craig Lawrence and Mark Fast. We picked out ten students from the forty that showed and quizzed them about their collections, hopes and dreams and idols with a lot of people name dropping Gianni Versace. An indication of a shifting mood perhaps.

In amongst the chosen ten are L'Oreal Professionnel Awards prize winner Marie Hill and runners up Dean Quinn and Luke Brooks. Not that the prizes mattered as much as the diverse showcase that the school continues to come up trumps with.




Marie Hill - Womenswear
Describe your graduate collection.
It’s about power women. It’s about the aim for physical perfection and luxurious self indulgence. Basically modern decadence!

What films/books/tv-programs/moments and stories inspired your designs?
I looked very much at Helmet Newton and the whole 80s’ era of power women and their aims of physical perfection.

Describe the moment you realised you wanted to be a fashion designer?
I’ve just always wanted to be one, growing up making making dresses for my sister and myself.

Who is your all time fashion idol?
Not really!

What new designers do you respect?
Marios Schwab, Mark Fast, Christopher Kane – the CSM lot!

If you could go back in time and experience any fashion moment, what would it be?
I would like to have seen old Thierry Mugler stuff when it was happening or Gianne Versace when he was there.

If you weren’t a fashion designer who would you be?
I’d probably be a hardcore critic on aesthetics.




Dean Quinn - Womenswear
Describe your graduate collection.
I worked for ThreeAsFour in New York and they find it hard to make it commercially and then coming back to London, it's also really hard to be commercial because people make such crazy things but they don't care. For me I wanted it to be a mix of both and create clothes that women would wear as opposed to a studenty collection.

What films/books/tv-programs/moments and stories inspired your designs?
The whole collection was inspired by Bladerunner, film noire-esque shadows coming through the window. Like in Bernardo Bertolucci's film The Confirmist where the light shines in through the window onto the body so the beads on the pieces are like the shadows created by the light.

Who is your all time fashion idol?
It changes all the time! I love the way Madonna dressed in the 90s in Tom Ford's clothes. Phoebe Philo's stuff for Chloe - I love the way she did amazing investment pieces for women.

What new designers do you respect?
I love Roksanda Ilincic as a person. My style is so different from hers but the way she dresses and her being, is the kind of woman I want to dress. She's doing couture type finishings in London, which is so hard.

If you could go back in time and experience any fashion moment, what would it be?
When Tom Ford became the biggest designer in the world.

Where do you see yourself in ten years time?
I'd like to work for a major house like Christian Dior, where they have the embroidery people, the design people, the dyeing people and you have all these groups that can make something together in a day.

If you weren’t a fashion designer who would you be?
I'd probably be a English teacher!  No not really, I'd be a filmmaker because my second love is film.
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