Fan Sze Fiona Li
Combining hardware-store grit and playful eccentricity, Fiona’s work departs from the notion of decorative jewellery for women and instead explores masculine objects of function and practicality. Using braces and snap hooks, her pieces echo masculine construction tools and attire, fashioned in contrasting materials such as dusty pink suede and flashy gold metal. This transforms the concept of unfashionably dull hard labour. Details of work overalls become long shoulder brooches and carabiners are enlarged, shrunk and multiplied to form rugged or dainty bracelets and earrings.
Materials: 3D printed polyamide, 3D printed alumide, suede, gold plated brass, freshwater pearls
Photography by Marek Chorzepa
Model: James Newhouse
Model agency: nevs
By emphasising, transforming and subverting elements of militaristic imagery, Iona draws attention to the political implications of self-representation. Her work explores the way that war criminals such as Liberian Charles Taylor orchestrate the staging of power as a means to establish their authority. Iona’s pieces reveal layers of meaning, as in the way that the gold glasses inlaid with red diamonds outline the disturbing correlation between bloodshed, the trafficking of natural resources and an overt display of power and wealth.
Materials: Gold plated copper, gold plated gilding metal, garnets, Swarovski Crystals, glass beads, suede
Photography by Philip Prokopiou
Fiona Kakei Chong
Drawing inspiration from the elaborate hairstyles on ancient Roman statues, Fiona’s collection explores the idea of self-representation. Though seemingly composed of natural materials, Fiona’s intricate hairpieces are rendered in shells made of porcelain, a deception only visible on close inspection. Juxtaposing these references the headpieces play on the idea of ornament as a way to represent societal status in a modern context.
Materials: Ceramic, brass, leather,
Photography by Currisa Cheng
Model: Lucy Feng
Holly Kate Mathewson
Memories, traditions and knowledge are not the only things to be shared between family members. Based on her personal experiences and relationships, Holly’s designs are a powerful reminder of our material heritage, which, like clothes, is passed between generations. Hand-me-down clothes are physical testimonies of our family relationships. They may not fit perfectly, but they adapt to each body, while carrying the aura of our beloved ones. They breathe in a new life, and through them, so do our relationships.
Materials: Gold plated brass, fabric
Kota’s collection explores two notions of frontier: past and future. On the one hand, the Scottish tartan prints braided into materials traditionally found in Native American jewellery reference the historical frontier that was the so-called New World and the often problematic power dynamics that resulted from this merging of boundaries between cultures. Kota believes that by learning lessons from the past, humanity can progress into the future: the space capsule-inspired pieces embody the notion of space as a contemporary frontier.
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Materials: Leather, Swarovski Crystals
Photography by Takanori Okuwaki
Model Agency: Supa Model
Hair: Yuko Aoi
Make up: John Maclean
Stylist: Elle Baron
By observing different rituals, atmospheres and clothing, Lucy’s collection explores the contemporary British class system as it relates to style. From pearls to tracksuits, she probes the cultural significance of different symbols that articulate class in everyday wear. As styles and codes intermingle, the lines between classes become blurred. Lucy’s collection of collisions tackles this phenomenon, presenting a merger of different aesthetics that question and play on sociological assumptions.
Materials: Found materials, pearls, cotton, gold plated gilding metal, Harris Tweed, rabbit fur
Mayu Ren Ishii
The Little Brides of Christ
The insular world of restriction for convent girls provides the context for Ren’s collection. Sculptural cages encircle the body, suggesting the overwhelming effect of these structures that are inhabited like armour, rather than worn. Just as religious identity imprisons convent girls, so do Ren’s industrial steel structures, with their rawness juxtaposed against the girlish shapes. Exploring the subtleties of that ideal, Ren’s designs probe beneath religion’s veneer of purity and formality, hinting at the burden of protection.
Material: Brass, copper, acrylic, foam
Rosie’s pieces fit elegantly onto the body and bestow confidence on the wearer. Their elegance has an uncomplicated quality, recalling blocks of concrete suspended from cranes above London’s skyline. The industrial materials, so often overlooked, assert their aesthetic value, yet their relative weightlessness is subversive, affording the wearer a sense of tenacity, strength and presence. The hexagonal prism brings a rhythm akin to Brutalist architecture’s tessellations and geometric flirtations.
Materials: Balsa wood, Jesmonite, styrofoam, brass, polypropylene rope
Photography by Justin Gong
Soo Hyun Jeong
The eyes, ears, nose and mouth are essential for human perception and expression. Yet one in five women in South Korea has undergone plastic surgery to alter these natural features. Critical of a world in which beauty means conformity, Soo Hyun casts her own facial features in metal for others to wear. There is an element of irony, articulated in the transformation of syringe needles into shiny golden objects. The result is a surrealist collage on the body of the wearer, a bold statement encased in raw elegance that challenges received notions of beauty.
Materials: Gold plated copper, gold plated gilding metal, acrylic, pearls
Sixty Two Pendants, Sixty Two Stories
Yuxi Sun’s narrative and personal collection explores the traces that our interactions with others have on our lives. She develops unique forms based on experiences she’s shared with guests who have couch surfed with her over the last year. Using a systematic formula, each piece reveals details of the visit, the season, the person, the length of their visit. Every pendant bears witness and becomes in turn a wearable memory.