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Central Saint Martins: Ba Fashion Graduate Show 2011 review. Pleats.

Pleats, ruched layering and tumbling or taut strips of fabric featured in these collections from Steven Tai, Jake Wiseman, Ondrej Adamek and Zi (Ji Yun) Kim. Some truly wonderful stuff here.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Steven Tai Central Saint Martins by Sam Parr
Steven Tai by Sam Parr.

At a time when the high street has gone totally crackers for pleats quite a few Central Saint Martins graduating fashion designers decided to tackle the theme, with added oomph.

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Steven Tai. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

Steven Tai delivered an extremely original and confident reinterpretation: models in serious looking wire-framed spectacles sported bulky pleats that called to mind the weathered pages of an old book.

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Jake Wiseman (jumps up and down with barely contained excitement because this designer *actually has a website*) showed a seriously orange and quite 80s influenced collection that melded pleats with ruched layers and heavy draping.

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Ondrej Adamek appears to have shown at Prague Fashion Week a few years ago. I suppose there could be two fashion designing Ondrej Adameks, but it seems unlikely and if indeed this is he then his style has developed in leaps and bounds: I loved this clever collection of fringed metallic pleating worn with silver strip bubble shoes.

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Zi (Ji Yun) Kim didn’t show pleats as such but it was a similar look, relying on shimmering strips of fabric for effect. False trousers made up of taut strips began underneath shoes and stretched up to high waists, moving seductively with the models’ steps.

It seems that there is plenty of life in pleats yet…

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3 Responses to “Central Saint Martins: Ba Fashion Graduate Show 2011 review. Pleats.”

  1. fashionspy says:

    totally awful illustrations of totally awful clothes. a website for amateurs. It’s sad

  2. Amelia says:

    Hi Fashionspy, wow, what made you so bitter? No one is forcing you to read this site so why don’t you just trot along now if you have nothing nice to say! A x

  3. Chad says:

    Jake Wiseman is one to watch

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