Menswear Collection Wins 2015 FAD Competition Final At London Fashion Week
2015 FAD Competition Winner Juniper Lai, London College of Fashion University
Fashion students from universities across the UK went head-to-head this evening in the 2015 FAD competition final showcasing their physics inspired designs at London Fashion Week.
London College of Fashion student Juniper Lai has been announced as the winner of the 14th annual Fashion Awareness Direct competition that took place on-schedule with Fashion Scout at London Fashion Week. With her technological approach to the brief, Juniper triumphed over the shortlisted sixteen students from universities nationwide to take home the £1000 prize. Juniper’s winning menswear collection translated the ‘Physics Meets Fashion’ brief into an eye-catching range of oversized masculine garments centred around her fabric which was created using3D sintering technology. This is the latest progression in 3D printing using lasers directed at points of a 3D structure to bind the material in areas to create a solid shape. Crisp white shirts were teamed with wide circular cut, cobalt blue dip dye shorts with ruched waist bands in a contrasting colour palette of monochrome.
Flanked by models sporting her futuristic designs, a delighted Juniper took to the catwalk to celebrate her victory.
Commenting on the winning collection, FAD judge, Head of Textiles at The Royal College of Art said: “The work of this year’s 17 FAD finalists was thoughtful and well researched. The student’s diverse response showed that they had found the brief challenging and inspiring. The exploration of fashion and physics stimulated dynamic ideas and brave experimentation across material and form. Fabric and structure were thoroughly explored to work together with narrative and concept of the collection. Some very original and exciting results.”
In an unprecedented show of strength, two runner-up prizes of £500 went to womenswear finalists, Yeeuo Park from Nottingham Trent University
and Francesca Phipps from De Montfort University.
Yeeun’s entry explored the brief by creating a colourful range, mixing contrasting fabrics from wool to neoprene and bonded polyester. The pieces were embellished with looped cord to create a 3D element.
Commenting on the extraordinary collections created by finalists this year, FAD judge Gemma Metheringham, Chief Creative Officer of Karen Millen said: “I think it was really interesting, it was a great afternoon of judging and I’ve been really impressed with the standard of work overall and the actual thought which has gone into the brief as well as the execution of the actual pieces that they have made.“
The 2015 brief, Physics Meets Fashion, asked the young designers to create a cutting edge mini- collection of two outfits, menswear or womenswear, which explore the commonalities of physics and design.
Their entries were judged by a panel of industry experts including Geraldine Cox, Physics Artist in Residence at Imperial College; Tamsin Blanchard, Fashion Features Director at the Telegraph Magazine.
The next FAD Competition will launch in June 2015 at Graduate Fashion Week.