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london now: meet the westminster freshers!

Your first year at uni is when you find yourself, reinvent yourself, shed the old and grab hold of the new. It's a time to realise what you're really into, experiment with style, hair, music and sex, to make mistakes. i-D donned our best fresher-wear and hit up Westminster University where the first years are just getting stuck in. In three years time, where will this lot be? Head designers at luxury fashion houses? Stylists? TV personalities? Tibetan monks following an existential fabric trip to Cambodia? The future's theirs for the taking! Watch them go!

Text Bojana Kozarevic
Photography Piczo 

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  • ben duncan, 23

    What made you want to study fashion? 
    There was never any other option for me, my answer is the same as everybody elses - it's what I've always done. My first real influence was the Versace spring/summer 04 campaigns though. 

    What really inspires you?
    Hilarity, ridiculousness, intensity, colour, stupidity.

    What do you enjoy most about your course? 
    The amount of space we get, the print room.

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene? 
    Theres loads of people here who dress really well.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh? 
    God knows! I spend 90% of my time laughing my head off.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    Dead in a ditch or doing really really well. hopefully I'll have a rich boyfriend too.

    What's your Twitter/Instagram? 
    My twitter is @worldsbestshag - i dont really use it, i just like following Cher on there. I tweeted a few celebs once when I was drunk thinking it was really funny, but thats about it.

    @worldsbestshag

     

    Ben Duncan, Westminster

  • aimee determann, 19

    What made you want to study fashion?
    The innovation, it’s always evolving with new ideas. I like the excitement of not knowing what comes next because fashion can be anything you want it to be.

    What really inspires you?
    People, film and music.

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    Learning, realising how much you’ve improved is satisfying.  

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene
    It’s never boring.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
    My friends running through the cobbled streets of Dublin in stilettos.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?
    Working with imaginative, passionate, driven people.
     
    @AimeeDetermann

     

     

    Aimee Determann, Westminster

  • lloyd james, 20

    What made you want to study fashion? 
    I have wanted to study photography, styling, technology,  graphics and print making all my life and always been fascinated by visuals. I felt that studying fashion would cover such a broad spectrum of processes and techniques. It was always vital for me to study a subject that covers an array of media as I could not commit to one. 

    What really inspires you?
    The thing that inspires me about fashion is the idea of being able to improve the quality of life for society. I feel that fashion shouldn't be just about aesthetics, we should strive more to be eco-friendly and environmentally aware. I want to help improve life for the lesser able, for the average Joe, for the sports athlete, I want to one day be able to merge the boundaries of science, technology and fashion and make this world a better, more sustainable, happier place. I  feel I can do this through fashion. 

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    I feel we have the right balance of being self motivated and self driven yet we have all the interaction with the tutors that we need on hand, to help us visualise the realizations of our designs. The quality of teaching is amazing, I already feel I have grown so much already - both technically and creatively. 

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene?
    I have been a freelance photographer and stylist for about two years now, and since coming down to London things have just snowballed. I have done many styling jobs and have been interning too, and I am loving every minute of it. Meeting all these new interesting people is very exciting - a lot more exciting than my home town of Salford!
     
    What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
    When my mum walked through the door wearing last years dressing gown which is a bit too tight, with a toilet seat cover on her head... #Fashion?

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    I hope to have developed my own brand "Lloyd James" even further and have multiple stockists globally, as currently I only have one in Paris and my online store.  I hope to have also developed my Youtube channel further documenting "The Life Of A Fashion Student"  which could hopefully be another form of income to help fund my collections. I want to also have a great final collection which I am genuinly proud of - and to have also collaborated with many other designers. 

    @ElJammy 

    Lloyd James, Westminster

  • cora delaney, 20

    What made you want to study fashion?
    At school my teachers used to say, “you care more about what you look like than you do about your work," which was true. I wanted to be a stylist originally and interned at Grazia. I then knew that I didn’t want to work in an office so I went to college and realised from there that it was Fashion Design that I really wanted to do.

    What really inspires you?
    Wow, that’s a really hard one. I mostly get inspiration from watching old TV shows, music videos, films, runway shows; I like taking inspiration from the silhouettes and styling of the clothes. Dorian from Birds of a Feather is my muse at the moment, I’m obsessed.  I also like walking around markets, like Brixton and Shepherd’s Bush, I always get ideas from the funny characters I seem to spot along my way.

    What do you enjoy most about your course? 
    Seeing the finished products and being really proud after putting so much hard work and effort into them. Also walking into the library at 3am near a deadline and knowing that all of my classmates will be in there working too! It’s really cool to see everyone else’s work, especially the older years, everything is so good and different; it makes you want to work really hard. My tutors are really helpful too, they’re all amazing at what they do, you learn a lot.

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene? 
    London is a great city to be learning and working in, there’s inspiration everywhere, there’s so much to do and see. There are so many creatives too, and everyone is trying to help each other, I think the fashion scene in London is really cool, there’s a lot of support for young, new designers, for example Fashion East and NEWGEN. I think London is open too; you can wear what you want and nobody cares; I wear a tiara most days, it’s great.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh? 
    I’m always laughing, but the two things that stand out to me recently has to be watching the Seth Rogan and James Franco Bound 3 video on the train, I couldn’t contain myself, I got some really funny looks off the other passengers. The other thing is when I visited The Box in Soho last month. The shows are really weird and disturbing, you don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I was on the front row and I did both, uncontrollably.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    I should be in my final year at Westminster, but by then I really hope to have had time to work on my own brand, and have it fairly established ready for when I leave. I would really love for my collection to be in a shop like Machine A or V Files, and hopefully by then I’ll have a kitten called Princess Sassy Pussy, she can be my intern.

    @coradelaney

    Lloyd James, Westminster

  • suzi lee, 20

    What made you want to study fashion? 
    I guess my childhood phase of dressing up in my mom's clothes evolved as the years went by and I explored, with more depth, what fashion really is and I just felt like it was the right path for me.

    What really inspires you? 
    The first thing that comes to mind is a guy I always see just wandering around Soho, wearing his head to toe print outfit... 

    What do you enjoy most about your course? 
    The tutors here are cool. They don't have a preconceived idea of what I should design. There's always great trust and high standards to be met from them and it only makes me work all the more harder. Also, the other students are really great at what they do and there's always a healthy competitive drive to do as good, if not better, than the other. The course here is a good balance between learning the skills needed to survive in the industry together with the free creative reign over what ever the hell you want to design.

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene? 
    Well the fashion scene mostly congregates in Dalston, where transvestites mingle with designers and students alike. There's something really humble about designing bloody expensive clothes above a corner shop in the middle of Kingsland road...

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    I can imagine starting my own label and being successful in Asia and Europe, whilst having flagship stores in Seoul and London! Ultimately I want my own empire with a global following! DREAM BIG.

    @suzibot

    Suzi Lee, Westminster