Central Saint Martins has long been revered for its fashion programmes, launching the careers of industry greats like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. More than just its legendary design program, CSM is also shaping the minds of the industry's future photographers, filmmakers and journalists. Since 2015, the MA Fashion Communication course has spawned careers across a variety of disciplines, with its graduates going on to produce work for some of the world's most esteemed galleries and glossy fashion magazines. For the first time since the program was launched, CSM will be presenting an exhibition featuring the class of 2022 showcasing the work of 42 students as they gear up to make their mark on the fashion industry.
Taking place at the Lethaby Gallery at the end of this month, the student-led curation will showcase the very best from the course's three pathways; Fashion Image, Fashion Critical Studies and Fashion Journalism. Offering a fresh perspective on the industry the exhibition is divided into four parts. Embodying Experience will delve into the lived experiences of each creative touching on gender, sexuality and coming of age while Representing Communities looks to recontextualise fashion history through storytelling focused on community, nationality and race. Talking Futures will highlight works rooted in evolving discussions surrounding sustainability and the metaverse while Confronting Fashion will take a critical and reflective view of the current state of the fashion industry.
'There is so much collaboration and dialogue amongst all students on MA Fashion Communication at Central Saint Martins,' explains pathway leader of MA Fashion Image Adam Murray. 'So, it is very exciting to see this work come together for the first time in a public exhibition'.
Along with the works on display, there will also be two student-led panels tackling some of today's biggest topics. 'Hemmed In: A Conversation With Hemline' will explore the personal experiences of Black creatives in fashion education and the industry. Connecting varied perspectives of Blackness and African Diasporic identity, the discussion is sure to include anecdotal insight. The second panel, 'The Circularity of Fashion', will tackle the urgent issue of sustainability. Not only a way for students to urge industry leaders to take action, but the talk is also sure to provide fresh insight into how fashion can take an environmentally conscious stance from the industries next generation of creative minds.
Work from the MA Fashion Communication class of 2022 will be on display at the Lethaby Gallery in King's Cross from 29 November to 4 December.