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International students show off their designs for London Fashion Week

25 February 2014

'The UK is the home of young international talent – there’s a lot of competition and edge.'

The glitz, the glamour, the gowns… London Fashion Week is one of the highlights of the fashion year.

Among the top designers and world-famous faces were many students who had the chance to show off their own creations, meet the professionals and experience the buzz of the shows.

We paid a visit to the London College of Fashion, where this year’s Master’s students were preparing their designs for the catwalk. We asked what a UK education means to some of the brightest young designers in the business…

Aristides Vanis, 27, from Greece (see Aristides' design above, left)
MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear
To me, ‘British fashion’ means eclecticism, eccentricity, youth, respect – and Galliano and Westwood. The UK is the home of young international talent – there’s a lot of competition and edge.

Xiamoneg Yang, 26, from Henan, China (centre)
MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear
When I finish my course, I would like to get a design job with a well-known international brand or do an internship – then launch my own brand. I want to prove myself and announce to the world: I can do it!

Min Kim, 25, from the Republic of Korea (right)
MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear
To me, ‘British fashion’ means unrestrictiveness, diversity, distinctiveness and sophistication. It was the variety of fashion styles and the individuality of each fashion that made me want to study here. I still cannot believe that my collection was in the LCF MA show!
 

Eun Kyeng Seo, 25, from the Republic of Korea (left)
MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear
London is such an exciting place for young designers. It is always ready to accept and support them as long as they have a great talent and fresh ideas which appeal to people. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are from.

Mariana Jungmann, 30, from Brazil (centre)
MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear
The British work ethic has been an inspiration to me. In this country people help each other and they are happy to see other people succeed. If you look for support you will always get it. I think this is the way things should be done; if we help each other, we make a much stronger community. I will take this with me for my entire career.

Wen Tan, 24, from Shanghai, China (above, right)
MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear
In 2013, I also got the chance to do an internship for JW Anderson during London Fashion Week that year. It was an exceptional opportunity and I learned so much. The UK has taught me to focus on my own work and my own methodology. 

Daniel Yuste, 25, from Barcelona, Spain (right)
MA Fashion Design Technology Menswear
London is the fashion city where you are allowed to be yourself as a designer. If you have something new to show it is always going to be accepted. I think it is an opened door to achieving your goals. The
biggest lesson I’ve learned here is to work hard to show what you have.
I think that’s what fashion in the UK is about. 

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