Held every summer, the Central Saint Martins degree shows are a major moment in London’s cultural calendar. After months spent slaving in studio spaces over sewing machines and sculptures, a select group of students are chosen to present their final collections to the world, and to have their work define that year’s cohort. With artistic alumni including Gilbert & George, Antony Gormley and Richard Hamilton, and the likes of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano ranking amongst former fashion students, the histories of the school’s best-known disciplines run parallel, but rarely do students get to creatively cross paths.
“It seemed like a new start for creative education when Central Saint Martins moved to 1 Granary Square in 2011, as all different disciplines got together under one roof,” a rep for student and alumni magazine 1 Granaryexplained. “Fast forward to 2015 and we have realised that there’s not much collaboration happening between all the pathways. The fact that all the doors leading to the studios of different disciplines are activated by the right student card doesn't help much either.” Seeking to right that wrong, the publication organised a photoshoot featuring the work of the BA Fashion students straight off the catwalk at last week’s show, shooting the outfits against the backdrop of the Fine Art graduates’ work – the same work that Shia LaBeouf was filmed performing an introduction of the students’ choice for (sparking a thousand parodies). The resulting images show a rare meeting of emerging talents that 1 Granary hopes will encourage future students “to start building creative relationships at the start of their studies, instead of teaming up at the very end.”