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

Wonderful print in particular from Holly Fowler who made amazing jewelled maxi dresses, and also from Alfhild Kulper, Ayako Ohori, Lucie Sutton and Annabel Luton. Showing on Tuesday 31st May at the graduate show at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Holly Fowler CSM Dress by Claire Kearns
Holly Fowler by Claire Kearns.

I’ll always be a print kind of girl – I have a degree in printed textiles after all… and have you seen the way I dress? – but at some of the graduate show stands it seemed that clashing colours had got totally out of control, pushing the boundaries of what even I can deal with. On the whole Central Saint Martins students chose to take a more considered approach to print. My favourite work came from Holly Fowler who went a little bit Mary Katrantzou, a little bit Holly Fulton and all out maxi with her stunning oversized jewel prints on long dresses. Absolutely adored these.

Holly Fowler by Michelle Pegrume
Holly Fowler by Michelle Pegrume.

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Holly Fowler. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

I wasn’t so enamoured of Lucie Sutton‘s approach, mixing floral and splashy Oriental influenced prints and colours with a punk aesthetic that paid homage to the last days of Central Saint Martins in its Charing Cross home. The school moves to new premises in Kings Cross soon.

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Lucie Sutton.

Alfhild Kulper took a pleated and layered approach that could have given him a spot in my earlier blog post but it was his clever use of print that really stood out for me: I loved the way that faces seemed to emerge from the netting of wide skirts.

Alfhild Kulper Netting Dress by Claire Kearns
Alfhild Kulper Netting Dress by Claire Kearns.

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Alfhild Kulper.

For Annabel Luton owl and feather imagery was combined with earthy tribal colouring in layered outfits of elegant velvet and chiffon that gave a classic feel.

Khrystyna Famenko by Michelle Pegrume
Annabel Luton by Michelle Pegrume.

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Annabel Luton.

Ayako Ohori was another who integrated pleats into a more tailored vision, small patches of layered fabric appearing at neck and at waist on some of her tropical hard shouldered dresses with circuit board prints. This was a very strong look with gorgeous matching clutch bags as accessories.

Ayako Ohori Central Saint Martins by Sam Parr
Ayako Ohori by Sam Parr.

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Ayako Ohori. All photography by Amelia Gregory.

Of course the overall winner of the catwalk show was also a print student: check out Flaminia Saccucci’s floral printed latex in my earlier blog.

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