Westminster's fashion graduates are bold and witty - both in collections and personality. Students went hard and then even harder this season, with colour, shapes and layering maxing everything out. i-D gets down with some of the next big things!
What's your collection about?
It is based on the life of Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquess of Anglesey. At the end of the 19th century, he inherited the equivalent of half a billion pounds. Over 15 years he squandered every penny on an entirely ridiculous lifestyle. He turned his family chapel into a theatre, perfumed the exhaust fumes of his motor cars and purchased over 300 pairs of handmade silk robes and pyjamas from Charvet. Paget also suffered from insomnia and would wander his estate in the dead of night. The shoes are a hybrid of a slipper (upper) and a wellington boot (sole). All the military references such as the camouflage and the pith helmets were a nod to Henry's period in the army. I liked the play of the sequinned fabric in camp print. I wanted to contrast function with fabulousness, the masculine and the camp.
What are YOU about?
My work is about flamboyance and excess, contrasted with technicality and performance. This stems from both the drama queen and the geek within me.
What's your favourite thing about fashion?
What are your biggest inspirations?
People and Stories. Characters such as Henry Paget, Edith Sitwell, Lindsay Kemp and Quentin Crisp, the self-coined 'Stately Homo of England'. I also love contemporary drag performers such as David Hoyle (Divine David) and Jonny Woo. I am currently obsessed with costumes of the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance.
What's the best advice you've ever been given?
To give up if it doesn't excite you.