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london now: meet the kingston 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. Having already hit up Westminster and Ravensbourne Universities, today we don our best fresher-wear and enrol in Ravensbourne 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!

Photography Piczo 
Text Bojana Kozarevic 

 

  • elle salt, 19

    What made you want to study fashion?
    It is the best combination of art and practicality. Fashion design enables me to explore concepts and ideas … and challenges me to produce a outcome that is 3D and wearable                                                              

    What really inspires you?
    Challenging the ordinary through questioning and philosophical debate. The process of generating ideas inspires me with a view of – if it isn’t broken then break it!

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    Total freedom to be creative and unique… yet surrounded by like-minded students and tutors whom I can learn from and bounce ideas off.

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene?
    London is a recognised hub of global creativity with a vast spectrum of fashion houses, museums, exhibitions and shops, etc. which enables you to identify with all aspects of the fashion industry.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh? 
    Watching my Grandma do selfies on Mac ‘photo-booth.’

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    Degree completed with a collection I am proud of … and started a job with a fashion house that shares my enthusiasm for designing-and-making– whilst also helping pay off my student loan!

     

    elle salt, kingston uni

  • tom kinsella, 26

    What made you want to study fashion?
    I’ve always loved art but fashion was always my favourite form of art. For me personally, it’s my mood which controls a lot of my fashion decisions, so It was an interest in that self-expression a person projects in what they wear, whether it be conscious or unconscious.

    What really inspires you?
    The past few years i have travelled to many places around the world absorbing the surroundings. It's the double-take moments were things not only capture your eye but also your emotions.

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    It’s the journey of creativity the course will take me on. Also Interacting with the tutors. With all their experience and skills, spending time with and learning from the tutors is invaluable.

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene? 
    I love that it’s bursting with diversity. You can literally be inspired by the people around you, as there is no limitation when it comes to how people express themseleves through their clothing in London. There is a greater sense of liberty in self expression which is not so apparent outside the capital.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
    Childish Gambino's stand up.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? I picture myself being involved in the evolving process of creative fashion.

    @tomk1987

     

    tom kinsella, kingston uni

  • anna pavlou, 19

    What made you want to study fashion?
    Inspiration, creativity and the chance to study the global trends in fashion across the various civilizations is considered as a great opportunity to think out of the box. Further, it provides the challenge to attempt and be an influence to the varying scene of fashion design. 

    What really inspires you?
    The beliefs, customs and ideals of different cultures is an overwhelming and vast area that can provide a great depth of knowledge and opportunity for study and influence. Also, nature and the cycle of life of every living being is of equal importance in the journey of inspiration whether it is depicted on paper, movies or for fashion designers through clothes.

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    The ability to transform and depict ideas and dreams through the varying projects assigned.  

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene?
    London is an endless opportunity to get inspired through the varying cultures and historical attractions.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
    When I saw my mother filling up boxes of Cyprus zucchinis filled with minced meat in order to carry with me back to London.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?
    The short term I look forward to expanding my knowledge in the field of fashion design and doing my best to explore as many opportunities as possible. Hard work and determination can be the landmark to be an influence in the field.

    @annapavlou

     

    anna pavlou, kingston

  • iesha parker, 20

    What made you want to study fashion?
    Due to always being petite I have struggled from a young age to find clothes to fit me that were age appropriate. The frustration made me look at clothes in a different way, making me realise I wanted to design and make clothes for myself.

    What really inspires you? 
    I can find inspiration anywhere. I love to observe and absorb everything around me, I don't know if it's due to my dyslexia, but I feel I may see things differently to others.  

    What do you enjoy most about your course? 
    I'm always learning new skills. It challenges me pushing me out of my comfort zone. I love it and I hate it at the same time, the excitement and the stress push me to want to succeed. 

    What's the best thing about London and its fashion scene? 
    You can be a chameleon or an elephant in the room, it's your choice.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh? 
    There's too many to recall, I am a very giggly person and find myself laughing a lot, especially at myself. 

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time? 
    I would like to think I will still be learning.Hopefully I will be working in a creative environment within the fashion industry which will possibly allow me to travel. 


    @iesha_parker

    iesha parker, kingston uni

  • camilla brezo maujer, 19

    What made you want to study fashion?
    What made me want to study fashion was my love for drawing and working with volume in 3D, and because I felt that fashion offered me a chance to explore design in a much broader sense as it allowed me to work in various different media such as 3d modelling, illustration and photography without having to pick just one area.

    What really inspires you?
    What really inspires me is usually shape, colour and texture in relation to nature and narrative, whether it is the tonalities of autumn leaves, the ridges from underneath an oyster mushroom or a place in the woods related to an old legend the natural world always seems to give me the most inspiration when it comes to working or looking at others work.

    What do you enjoy most about your course?
    What I enjoy most about my course is how I am able to explore and experiment with different areas of fashion without being confined to a specific area such as studying just knitwear or just women’s wear, or illustration.

    What’s the best thing about London and its fashion scene?
    For me the best thing about London and its fashion scene is how it is such a multi-cultural city meaning I get to see fashion influences from different cultures from around the world! Everyone wears things differently and it’s always interesting to see how different people put things together.

    What was the last thing that really made you laugh?
    The last thing that really made me laugh was going home for winter break and being reminded that my dogs think that the hairdryer is alive and evil.

    Where do you see yourself in 3 years time?
    I think it is too early for me to know where I would see myself in 3 year’s .I have thought of going into work for a while before undertaking an MA in fashion to further my skills and understanding of the industry. I will also start learning Japanese this January, which will be my third language so I hope to be able to visit Japan in the future as it is one of my favourite cities!

    camilla brezzo maujer, kingston uni