meet the gold star graduates of csm

​The path to fashion success is never guaranteed but the graduates of Central Saint Martins are a pretty safe bet. The home of McCartney, McQueen and Galliano, graduating from CSM's fashion courses is a Herculean feat and the school is a veritable...

by Lynette Nylander
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03 December 2015, 10:15am

Martin Hanly, 23, Canterbury

What did you do right after your show? I was offered a permanent position starting in January at Saint Laurent, so right after the press show I moved to Paris. 

What's your mission statement for work? If I sleep more than six hours maybe it's time to go back to the drawing board. 

What's your mission statement for life? Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most.

What's on your mind right now? That I will eventually be the oldest person dancing in the club with a bottle of WKD in my hand.

Right now, what does your future hold? I'd like to have something that outlives me and can be a mark that I once existed and mattered... 

@martinhanly

Tingzhi Liu, 23, Singapore

What did you do right after your show? Ate a huge celebratory meal. 

What's your mission statement for work? Still trying to figure this one out…

What's your mission statement for life? Stop and smell the roses! 

What's on your mind right now? Looking forward to a holiday I've just booked! 

Right now, what does your future hold? I want to continue sharing my work with others and meeting new people along the way. 

@tingzhi

Qiying Fang, 25, China

What did you do right after your show? Start packing.

What's your mission statement for work? Create possibility.

What's your mission statement for life? Freedom.

What's on your mind right now? Answering your question. 

Right now, what does your future hold? Firstly, do a Masters. 

@qiyingfang 

Camilla Holmes, 25, London 

What did you do right after your show? Slept for about four days straight. I'd been surviving on three or four hours a night for the past six weeks.

What's your mission statement for work? Trust your instincts and never change your aesthetic to please other people. 

What's your mission statement for life? Be nice and try your best.

What's on your mind right now? Politics. The election happened whilst I was developing the collection and informed a lot of what I was trying to say with my work. What the Tories are doing to Britain is beyond belief.

Right now, what does your future hold? I just want to keep learning. I'm working for a small jewellery brand at the moment, trying to learn more about starting a business. Eventually I'll be looking to open up my own studio or some sort of community space. But I'm quite fatalistic so I'm trying to stay optimistic and not plan too far ahead. 

@holmes_menswear

Mimi Wade, 23, Gloucestershire

What did you do right after your show? I got very hammered and did lots of dancing. 

What's your mission statement for work? Work to your strengths and stay true to your own vision.

What's your mission statement for life? Do what you love.

What's on your mind right now? Turning my bathroom into a screen-printing studio.

Right now, what does your future hold? Opportunities. 

@mimimaraschino

Liberty Rose Yates, 23, London

What did you do right after your show? Once I recovered from making up for a year of having no social life or sleep, I continued to work on my look book and portfolio. 

What's your mission statement for work? To continue designing and creating good quality luxury knitwear, for both men and women. 

What's your mission statement for life? To continue doing what I love, be creative and stay inspired.

What's on your mind right now? Chasing my dreams! 

Right now, what does your future hold? My plan is to move to New York so as well as building my portfolio I'm currently working 24/7 to save money. It's always been my dream to live in New York. 

@libertyr0se 

Jim Chen Hstang Hu, 26, Taiwan

What did you do right after your show? Relaxed a bit but mainly I was preparing proposals for various venues, running in between exhibitions and meetings. I'm also drawing up blue prints for a next generation 3D weaving loom and waiting for my visa results as well, because can't actually do anything without that.

What's your mission statement for work? Dedication to design and techno development.

What's your mission statement for life? That's a big question for me. 

What's on your mind right now? Thinking about future plans, which project should I do first, and how.

What does your future hold? I want to bring 3D weaving to next level. This might not be an easy path, but we will see.

Credits


Text Lynette Nylander 
Photography Anabel Navarro Llorens