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LCF X Liberty: Fashion Forward

SEEN is looking forward to seeing pieces from three London College of Fashion, UAL graduates that are on display in one of the UK’s most iconic department stores, Liberty London, following a collaborative project between the two for Spring Summer 2018 which saw the designers given exclusive access to the store’s new fabric range. Beautiful and playful, the designs hopefully herald further collaborations with fashion’s future designers.

Designers Fotini Handra, Joseph Standish and Daniel Pascal Tanner were challenged to create directional and contemporary pieces from the Liberty London Fabrics SS18 Alpine Symphony collection.

The three were given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the Liberty design studio, where they were shown the creative process behind the collection, from concept to final composition. This access has previously been reserved exclusively for brands that Liberty has worked and collaborated with including Loewe, Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent and most recently, Richard Quinn. From this, the designers had three weeks to complete their designs.

Until Friday 27th April, the pieces will be on display in the store’s Haberdashery department alongside an exhibition documenting the designers’ work and how they chose to use the brand’s Tana Lawn cotton to create their final designs.

Mary-Ann Dunkley, Head of Design at Liberty London Fabrics spoke about the collaboration, saying:
“It’s great to work with new design talent to see how they interpret our collections in fresh and exciting ways. It’s important for us to engage with the designers of the future. The Alpine Symphony collection is bursting with exciting potential and gives talented young people a brief to play and explore.”

Joseph Standish, BA Fashion Design and Development graduate, said: “After meeting the design team, the first thing I did was go to the library. I took the lookbook with me and highlighted all the words that stood out and that I thought would tell a story… this idea of mountaineering and exploration and climbing. I went through loads of archives of jackets and layers and started thinking about what a hiker would take with him.”

Fotini Handra, BA Womenswear graduate, said: “It was so interesting to meet Mary-Ann and be introduced to the Alpine Symphony collection and see how a theme starts and the inspiration turns into the final stage. It was great to be able to ask a lot of questions.”

Daniel Pascal Tanner, BA Womenswear graduate, said: “Liberty caters for the eccentric and that’s someone I like to design for. I like to go into Liberty and really lose myself. This project was a good way to put my handwriting into iconic prints.”

Rob Phillips, Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology at London College of Fashion said: “Working with Liberty has been an amazing opportunity for our talented alumni who have produced truly beautiful pieces using the new Alpine Symphony collection. All three designers have produced directional, contemporary pieces which exemplify the versatility and beauty of these fabrics.”

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