BA (Hons) Fashion students presented a special display of To Die For designs and outfits inspired by Margareta Kern’s photographic exhibition Clothes for Living and Dying, at a special event at The Impressions Gallery on 7th May. During the evening more than a hundred visitors came to see the creative fashion designs of Jade Anderson, Charlotte Browne, Natalie Crabbe, Tom Dzedzej, Hafsah Faqir, Jade Hannam, James Line, Nadia Malik, Karl Newton, Nicole Strachan, Aqsa Yasin and Aisha Younis.
Sarah Deane, Education & Learning Manager at the Impressions Gallery, masterminded the collaborative event. She explained, “I saw Margareta’s work last year and I recognised huge potential to work with fashion students. I consulted BA (Hons) Fashion course tutor, Angela Loftus, and she was really keen to develop this. The idea was that students would take on board the ideas in Margareta’s work and produce a garment to be exhibited. I have spoken to them throughout the process and it was a tough brief. From the same starting point they have all taken different directions and come up with something unique and often surprising. Every piece is totally different and very personal. I am very impressed with the standard of work and ideas and I look forward to more successful partnership projects.”
Artist Margareta Kern visited College to discuss the students’ work prior to display. “I love the concept of extending the exhibition in this way and the different responses of all the students to it. I am honoured that they wanted to do this. Although my work is geographically based in Croatia and Bosnia, the themes it explores are universal. I believe that we have lost the space to think about death and this is a good vehicle to explore and express our feelings. The students have really gone for challenging and deep subjects and produced not just clothing, but multi-dimensional, wearable art. I am genuinely impressed.”