IFA Students Show Their ‘Modern Heritage’
After a long wait, finally this week the 24th of June, the fashion show of the third year’s Bachelors of Fashion Design & Technology from IFA Paris– International Fashion Academy Paris- took place. The show’s theme was ‘MODERN HERITAGE’ and it came to life in Galerie Colbert. Thirteen students exhibited their own collections.
The participants of the show were (in order of presentation) Valentine Metzger, Barbara Biosah, Lili Ren, Frederic Shuckert, Tiantian Zhang, Sibongile Moyana, Pascaline Dubau, Chang Angela Liu, Sedinam Hemade, Yun Chen, Katharina Louise Mach, Adjoa Phillips and Moa Zhang.
Powerful music filled the galerie when the models started walking around the space in equally impressive struts, which totally took everyone’s mind off the hot temperatures and into the heat of the runway. The show began and ended with great and varied collections for every taste and style in the room.
We interviewed some designers on their inspirations and teachers on their opinion of the show.
Barbara Biosah on her inspiration “I’m Nigerian, but I was born and raised in London, so this is why I mixed both cultures. I was inspired by a traditional (Nigerian) attire which are the coral beads and you wear them in traditional weddings. I wanted to collaborate with those two modern silhouettes (English and Nigerian) and make it very traditional and at the same time mainstream and edgy, so that was basically my concept.”
Adjoa Phillips on coming up with her concept ”The topic for our collection was Modern Heritage and I went well under that. In fashion school we learned about fabrics and that wood was the single most important material to our ancestors. The first airplanes to submarines were made in wood. So if I’m learning about fashion and we’re talking about modern heritage, how past and present contradict each other, why not bring it into something I’m doing presently? That’s why I chose wood. So my topic was actually a word play like “wood you or wood you not?” and basically that’s how I thought about my collection. I also had Africa a lot on my mind since I’m African. More specifically I thought of totems, because they are something that is worshiped- although I’m Christian- and totems are done on wood as well, so this wrapped up my idea.”
Marie-Laure Mine “I think it’s a very talented collection, lots of inspiration. I liked very much Phillips’ collection with the cork and Biosah’s beaded one, too. Another one I really enjoyed was Frederic Schuckert’s transparent numbers, specially the wide-striped coat. Loved the models, the way they carried the designs was just fantastic…”
Aleksandra Olenska “I think that it was great to see so many individual looks. You could really see the characters of the different students, there was no IFA inhouse style and there were some techniques that I had never seen before like the mixture of the cork (Phillips) with the tulle. I thought that was particularly commentable. From my impersonal style I loved the tulle pieces, and if they were made of leather and silk tulle I would totally wear those. I’m a sucker for color, so I really enjoyed it. It’s also important to highlight the joy seen in this fashion presented, which is sometimes lacking out there. Overall, I liked that there was a big variety in the designs and you could really see where the students were coming from.”
A great number of attendance endured the heat in order to sit and watch the thirteen students’ work. Everyone left completely satisfied with the what they saw, since talent was anything but short in this gallery-turned-runway.
The guests were offered cocktails and macaroons at the end of the show, which made the evening even sweeter.
Enjoy the pictures and congratulations to all thirteen students!
Written by: Bárbara Menéndez and Nadia Abdel-Malek