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LCF Alumni launch pop up shop in London's Carnaby Street
Jul '13
London’s Carnaby Street saw the launch of an exciting new pop up shop showcasing new talent from LCF graduates: Stephanie Hensley and Zoran Dobric. The two winners of the Shaftesbury Award for Emerging Designers have been selected for this exciting new concept that creates a unique, rare opportunity to view and buy exclusive Master of Arts Degree collections by up and coming designers.

Women’s shoe designer,  Stephanie Hensley  who studied MA Fashion Footwear is showcasing her collection, Made in China: Longevity Series – an assortment of high quality luxury footwear, inspired by her travels in China, which contradicts the international stigma of ‘Made in China’ which has become synonymous with poor quality and cheap cost.

The name of this collection hints at the second important contrast: life versus death. Stephanie depicts the contrast in the colour palette as well as the symbols used in the embroidery.  The finely crafted collection encapsulates Chinese symbolism and the contrast of perceptions around the world. 

The highly feminine and elaborate collection references and modernizes historical Chinese processes, shapes, and imagery, as well as utilising unconventional materials rarely used in footwear.

Zoran Dobric who completed LCF’s MA Fashion Design Technology,  is showcasing a womenswear collection inspired by Canadian West Coast Aboriginals, particularly their embellished Ceremonial Dancing Blankets.

The culturally inspired exclusive original textiles come to life in the innovative and original, easily wearable silhouettes, reflecting the soft shape of the blankets. The collection also features exclusive digital prints, inspired by geometrically cryptic Canadian Northwest coast art.

The items exhibit a high level of craftsmanship and feature hand quilting, beading and appliqué reinterpreted for the modern era.

LCF asked Zoran about his thoughts on this new initiative: “I am very thankful to Shaftesbury PLC for the amazing opportunity and for their support for emerging fashion talents.  I am very flattered that my work was chosen to be showcased, and extremely excited about presenting my work at this fantastic location!”

Carnaby continues to nurture fresh designers and encourage independent brands. Carnaby has worked with London College of Fashion for over five years and this is yet another initiative that highlights the importance of supporting new talent in fashion.

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