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“I am” – A Fashion Show of Self-assertion

The Graduate Fashion Show of the London College for Fashion and Design named “I am” was held on August 2 at the Melia Hotel in Hanoi with the participation of 17 students.
Inspired by Vietnamese culture, young designers afforded the audience a new insight into fashion with their designs and treated them to an elaborate, creative and emotional “fashion feast”.

“Bamboo” by Pham Thi Kim Anh was designed for Spring/Summer 2016 with minimalist cuts on various types of materials, delivering a special allure.

Pham Hong Lien’s inspiration came from traditional Vietnamese costumes such as Ao tu than (a Vietnamese traditional four-panelled gown) or Ao yem (a halter top worn underneath a blouse or overcoat). She utilised modern structures with embroidery and beading on traditional silk to form designs of purity and elegance in the collection named “The White of Era”.



“I am” graduate fashion show.


An impressive space in the exhibition room.






Collections showcased during the fashion show.

“The Wings of the Nephthys” by Nguyen Thi Thuy Duong impressed the audience with its novelty. Ancient myths and customs in Egyptian culture were incorporated into the textiles using delicate embroidery, beading and embellishment techniques, seeming to take the audience back to ancient Egypt.

With “Reflection of Soul Light”, Nguyen Phuong Anh experimented with prints, embellishment, pleats, folds and tucks in order to alter the reality of the fabric’s surface and reveal a confusing and complicated inner world of a young man who fell so in love with himself that he died whilst looking at his own reflection and gave his name to the flower of narcissus, as Greek myth has it.

Henriette Rakotonimaina, a trainee from Madagascar, showcased her collection called “Native Instincts”, which is designed with the purpose to connect different cultures, from Peru, Latin America, North America and East Africa to Northern Vietnam, together. She combined bold colours with tribal patterns to form the designs.

Besides these above, other designers also presented applicability and artistic creativeness of their designs that caught the audience’s attention. Foreign and domestic fashion merchandisers were impressed by such collections as Dao Minh Phuong’s “Lichen City”, Le My Linh’s “The Middle Earth”, Mai Phuong Linh’s “Journey to Endless Love”, Nguyen Thi Ly’s “The Shadow of Prosperity”, Ngo Thai Ngoc’s “Marmaros”, Nguyen Diem Quynh’s “Holyland” and Nguyen Bang Anh’s “The Deconstructed”.


Designer Dao Thi Minh Phuong is inspired by the contradiction between lichen, the oldest natural living organism in history, and architecture, what represents human’s creative efforts, to create a collection named “Lichen City”.

Trieu Thi Phuong Thuy’s “Tribal Fusion” features intricate details in black, white, grey, silver and pastel blue. Textiles layering and draping incorporates beading, coins, feathers as well as appliqué using silk, chiffon and velvet in her designs. 


The bright and playful colours of Le My Linh’s “The Middle Earth” conveys the story of the Elves and a new mythical world, giving the audience the opportunity to escape from daily life and make the impossible possible. 

Nguyen Hong Hanh’s “Moving Architecture” includes jersey, felt, leather and linen to create comfort and elegance for strong, young and edgy customers with a love for contemporary gothic style.


Nguyen Hong Hanh’s “Moving Architecture” includes jersey, felt, leather and linen to create comfort and elegance for strong, young and edgy customers with a love for contemporary gothic style.

Pham Thi Kim Anh derives inspiration from bamboo to make her unique collection of attractive and intricate designs with weaving, embroidery and appliqué.
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Nguyen Phuong Anh finds inspiration for the collection called “Reflection of Soul Light” from mirror surfaces. She experiments with prints, embellishment, pleats, folds and tucks in order to reveal a confusing and complicated inner world. 
 
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Nguyen Ha Ngoc’s “Sinuous” takes inspiration from the molten rock and lava created during a volcano’s eruption. Wool is used to create raised and lumpy surfaces of the designs. 

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By means of deconstructing, reconstructing, recycling, weaving, bleaching, dying, and patchwork on jeans, Nguyen Bang Anh’s desires to give a new definition to the concept of the “old” and the “new” and turn the valueless into the priceless with “The Deconstructed”.

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Mai Phuong Linh draws inspiration from surrealism in art and expresses this inspiration through 3D forms to create a collection named “Journey to Endless Love” with hand-painted illustrative textiles, embroidery, appliqué and beading featuring strongly contrasting colours.
Story: Ngan Ha - Photos: Thanh Giang