Central Saint Martins

BA Fashion Print, BA Fashion Womenswear, BA Fashion History and Theory

Project Brief
The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum and Central Saint Martins collaborated on an educational project involving students on BA Fashion Design Womenswear, BA Fashion Print and BA Fashion Communication on a study trip to discover the origins of Cristóbal Balenciaga and his decisive influence on couture. The project is based on the idea of tradition and folk roots as a source of new creativity. It is an universal theme, which transcends nationalities and cultures, and is precisely the theme of the museum’s “Coal and Velvet” temporary exhibition that students’ visited. In addition, the students had the opportunity to directly analyse some pieces of the museum archives related to this subject. This gallery shows the students development work and final design outcomes of the project, that were presented to the Museum in a fashion show within the studios as Central Saint Martins. The project is presented in its completion in a purpose built website : cristobalbalenciagamuseumxcsm.co
Zoe Zoberski, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Originally inspired by Balenciaga's own immigration from Spain to France, I took my family’s experience of immigrating from Japan to the United States and the forced “americanisation” which took place as a result. During this transition they were given new names, experienced severe racism, and endured the internment camps, all which made it increasingly difficult to hold onto their culture while trying to live in the western world compelled to change them.'
Sophia Orlandi, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Enchanted Cobijada: brings back your loved one in 7 days!'
Rhianna Morton, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'An elegant, graceful woman meets the working-class fisherman for a take on modern tailoring. Simplistic yet focusing on details and volume created on the body.'
Scarlet Hawkes, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'What would Balenciaga do if he came to the world today and saw what fashion has become? Maybe he'd perfect a lost silhouette, take advantage of the new fabrics? Or maybe he'd be so upset by what he saw that he would ditch fashion and try golf.'
Stanley Green, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Juerga Controlada, the dance of wounded souls. Infection adorned her darkness.'
Shi Fan, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'A suit combining tailored outerwear elements in a lingerie silhouette, contrasting the public and private, an exploration of formality up front and fetish nature underneath.'
Berenike Corcuera, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
“Two years he walks the Earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. Ten days and nights of freight trains and hitchhiking bring him to the great white north. No longer to be poisoned by civilisation he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild.”
Mykyong Ko, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'I began the project looking at architect and furniture designer Carlo Mollino. He used beautiful lines to create beautiful forms and to me, both Balenciaga and Mollino approach structure in a similar way. I recreated the feeling and mood of Mollino's lamp, simple but made beautiful with flowing line.'
Dohye Yun, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'Cloud Atlas, the film, offers a dystopic future in which people use clones for their own desire and then throw them away. Inspired by this, my project presents the mass production of Balenciaga.'
Edward Mendoza, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'My Project was about the fusion between Peruvian and Spanish Cultural costumes after the conquistadors conquered the Incas. They created a hybrid intertwining each other’s history. I am inspired by Mario Testino’s book and exhibition Alta Moda, Bolivian female wrestlers and Peruvian packaging that reminds me of my childhood, when my older sister would bring me chocolates and Inca Kola as presents. It is very nostalgic and the first glimpse of Peru from my childhood. This was very much a project for my late father who was originally from Peru, and this is a message in a bottle for him.'
Kun Qian, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'When Balenciaga meets Miao. The inspiration of this loose dress coat’s silhouette, as well as the embroidered apron, is based on Miao nationality traditional costumes. The prints and embellishments come from a Miao tradition of butterfly patterns which represent the origin of universe. The velvet trimming embroidery which covers the big collar is inspired by Balenciaga design elements.'
Nicole Zisman, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'Regarding the institutional operation of power on the body through discourse and language. A cold, disciplinary instruction manual as to how to wear a tailored jacket, as well as how to "appropriately" live one's life in modern society, and what "real truth" is.'
George Allen, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
I explored Balenciaga's Air France uniforms in contrast to images of bodybuilders, using this imagery to create structure away from the body with straight unsymmetrical cutting.
Danni Harris, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Water is the earth's blood, wait for it to swallow us and be prepared to watch us evolve into a new generation of unearthly creatures.'
Jonathon Kidd, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'To be nostalgic for something you never had, to explore your heritage, to explore another's heritage, to watch the blissful ignorance of a childhood dream dress itself.'
Andrea Mayer, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
‘So I spread my skirt over you and covered the nakedness' says the Lord God, for this is a modern take on traditional Bavarian church costume with a focus on the round and feminine that pays homage to Balenciaga's dramatic silhouettes.'
Beatrice Sangster-Bullers, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
“These are forms we are meant to inhabit in new ways, though never told how. We must invent, figure out. No explicit instructions. Maybe we, too, must physically fragment, scatter and reassemble in unexpected configurations of thinking and living. Or maybe the world in its turbulence has already pushed us this way." L. Woods, on Suprematism
Fredrik Tjaerandsen, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'In my attempts to understand the anatomy of my childhood home and heritage, I have discovered lost photo albums dating back to 1903. Focusing on both my male and female ancestors, I am able to respond with a perspective of vulnerability.'
Daisy Yu, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Elegant but risqué.' 
Katie Paul, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'A pairing of the classic and the surreal in relation to the works of Cristobal Balenciaga and Salvador Dali' 
Hansol Kim, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'Hey blue! After you land, can you cut a cake for me? I don't belong anywhere, when I go in and out it all depends on the air, it is about accidently blowing.'
Hatti Rees, BA Fashion Womenswear, Central Saint Martins
'A tree of blood soaks the morning where the newborn woman groans. Her voice leaves glass in the wound and on the panes, a diagram of bone. Adam dreams in the fever of the clay of a child who comes galloping through the double pulse of his cheek. But a dark other Adam is dreaming of a neuter moon of seedless stone where the child of light will burn.'
Jeeyoun Lee, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'The Jealous bull. The bull had always envied the colourful clothes of the matador. So jealous, he used to rush to take the matador's clothes. I wanted to make such a garment, as fancy as a bullfighter’s one. In the end, the bull in the mask is smiling with satisfaction.' 
Jamie Challinor, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'My grandad was my muse for the project, enabling me to reflect on masculinity within my family. My nan is a strong woman and when visiting her at home I saw the impact of her feminine tastes on my grandad’s exterior self, like the collection of ceramic plates and floral furniture in the house. Referencing Cristobal Balenciaga’s avant-garde shapes within menswear to illustrate the influence of my nan on my grandad it became clear that placing the accentuated features of a woman on a man’s body in exaggerated places gave a peculiar impression. The final outcome takes classic menswear pieces like Oxford bags, a jacket and shirt and playfully distort the proportions as if my grandad had been re-sculpted by my nan in an attempt to achieve feminine excellence.'
Eden Hassel, BA Fashion Print, Central Saint Martins
'To Balenciaga, From Bilbao, With Love X The starting point was the symbolism and significance of a man lending a woman his jacket and marrying the masculine and feminine qualities in one tailored piece, similarly knitting the old and new of Balenciaga. By tying Balenciaga’s inspiration from Spain and matadors to my own experience of Bilbao, my illustrations of what I saw and overheard. An ode to a city of contradiction formed the basis of my surface design and print. From Bilbao, I sent a postcard home… That postcard is still yet to arrive; my project has been a tribute to that lost postcard.'
Fashion in Motion: Inspired by Balenciaga
On Friday 24th March 2016 Fashion in Motion at the V&A presented 15 outfits of the outfits created by Central Saint Martin’s students inspired by the archives of the Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum, created for this project. Models paraded through the galleries in the garments, converging in the Museum’s imposing Raphael Gallery where visitors had the chance to see designs up close and speak to the students about the work. 
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See the project here http://cristobalbalenciagamuseumxcsm.co/inspiration.html

Images at the V&A © Victoria & Albert Museum

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