LONDON--Whether it was from exhaustion or elation, a few tears were shed and a tantrum or two thrown inside talent incubator Central St. Martins this past Monday.
Why the brouhaha? The 40 graduates who'll make it into the final press show next Tuesday--the one that's covered by everyone from Fashionista to Style.com to Vogue UK--were chosen. And while about 80 students were left behind, most of the creations shown in Monday's preliminary trial were anything but forgettable.
A jury of industry experts were invited to weigh in on the epic runway presentation, which included mini collections from all 125 graduates from womenswear, menswear, print, knit and fashion design & marketing. By St. Martins' professors own admissions, some students--despite strong collections--didn't make it into next Tuesday's final show. The goal is to compose a cohesive, balanced and succinct final presentation.
Fashion BA course director Willie Walters says that the school's priorities are never in doubt. "People come to us for creative idea generators, not someone who can design a great high street collection. They can get that from another college."
Here, we bring you a sampling of students whose works you won't see in the press show next week (which we'll also be covering, so be sure to check back on June 2).
**All photos by Sabrina Morrison