Students stun judges at Graduate Fashion Week
BA(Hons) Fashion Photography student Layna Miyazaki has won the Fashion Communication Digital Portfolio Award at the 2021 Graduate Week Awards, with her portfolio Portrait of Time.
It was a big year for Falmouth at the Graduate Fashion Week Awards. On top of Layna's win, fellow Fashion Photography student Evelina Deveikaite and BA (Hons) Fashion Design student Georgia Featherstone were named as finalists and Agne Roversteinaite and Eve Grant made the longlist.
Graduate Fashion Week is the largest showcase of BA fashion in the world, making its Fashion Awards some of the most hotly contested in the UK.
Submissions are analysed by industry professionals, who seek out the next generation of fashion talent based on their ability to create stylish, professionally presented work that has a clear creative identity.
38 universities submitted selected student work to the awards, with Falmouth’s finalists selected as the top three submissions in their respective categories.
John Boddy, Head of Fashion & Textiles, was thrilled to see his students stand out in an extraordinarily talented crowd.
Reflecting on their success, John said “It is fantastic to see the innovative work of our students being showcased on this prestigious international platform. It provides a wonderful conclusion to their time at Falmouth and is a fitting occasion to also celebrate the dedication of our incredible academic and technical team in FTI.”
We spoke to each of the finalists to find out what it meant to be shortlisted and to gain an insight into their artistic process.
Layna Miyazaki: Fashion Communication Digital Portfolio Award Winner
I’m influenced by ideas that relate to the notion of time and movement as a means of storytelling and self-expression.
My love of dance strongly contributes towards my aesthetic and narratives portrayed in the short films I create. Experimentation and a sense of play are key parts in the process in which I explore mixed media and collage in combination with photography and video.
My recent projects were influenced by the idea of the pandemic warping everyone's sense of time and how we perceive it. The constant question of ‘what day is it again?’ Time seems to slip and blur together with no perceivable weekdays and weekends. There was only yesterday, today and tomorrow.
As we move from isolation back to our communities, countryside and our urban spaces; together we can celebrate our new relationship to time and acknowledge that time itself is a precious force.
When I found out, I was speechless. With the challenges of the pandemic, I think all students have shown resilience and worked really hard. This recognition means a lot. I couldn’t have done this without the support from my course tutors, family and friends!
Evelina Deveikaite: Fashion Photography Award Finalist
In this presented series, the work explores my native country - Lithuania. Through the devices of non-linear narrative constructions, the book brings new light to the relationship between the poetic, the photographic, and the remembered.
Lithuania’s histories, art movements and personal archives make conceptual connections between the portrayal of females through the obvious and the unconscious at the level of the liminal. A personal dream on the plane about the motherland. The feeling of longing. The memory of place. The land you cannot reach.
The harnessing of different photographic mediums and curatorial practices from the digital to DV camcorder, the family album, the artist's word, and the Lithuanian landscape in observation gives new meanings to these disparate motifs.
Mythology and customs, offer new meanings and understanding to ourselves, our identities and the soil we exist on. This project becomes fictional documentation of my sense of longing. Of a place that only exists in my imagination.
Being shortlisted among the top three fashion photographers has given me more confidence in my work. Physically interacting with people to create has been tough throughout the pandemic, so I’m proud of myself and others who managed to continue producing excellent work.
Georgia Featherstone: Childrenswear Award Finalist
My project Carrot and Coral is a sustainable childrenswear collection inspired by the narrative of a children’s book that I illustrated and wrote myself.
Fashion is an incredibly influential industry and I believe it should be used as a tool to raise awareness about important causes like marine conservation. This is why my collection comes with a story designed to introduce children to the concept of sustainability.
The clothes are funky, fun and functional and represent the characters in my story. If you would like to delve into the world of Carrot and Coral, please visit my website.
I went to Graduate Fashion Week in 2017 and the event inspired me to choose Fashion Design as a career. To have been shortlisted for the childrenswear award four years on is an amazing achievement.