Aug. 5, 2019
UAL Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design student
uses Partially Plant-Based Ultrasuede® in graduation project
Toray contributed its product Ultrasuede® for the graduation project of Lisa Park BA Fashion: Fashion Print graduate at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Designs, a constituent college of the University of the Arts London (UAL). Her work was shown at Graduate Degree Show at Central Saint Martins from June 19-23, 2019.
1. Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Designs, University of the Arts London
Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college, and is one of the six colleges within University of the Arts London. The college has nurtured many generations of creative talent. Among its graduates are world leaders in the fashion community, including John Galliano, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci.
2. Design using Ultrasuede®
Ms. Lisa Park (resides in London)
(2) Press Release
For my final collection I really wanted to celebrate my background of being Korean American. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, I wanted to fuse both identities in a playful way. I was first inspired by photographs of my family when they were younger, and when they immigrated to Los Angeles. With that as a starting point for my research, I started to interview my friends and their mothers to understand more of what it was like for them to grow up in America. Often times, our parents’ generation rarely speaks of their youth and teenage life. I wanted to use these stories and ideas as inspiration for the prints in my collection. Garments are inspired from vintage western garments and embellishments come from stories and personal research. Using beading, embroidery, printing, and flock, it was important to create texture into her garments. Garments showcase a flocked portrait of my mother as a teen, personal letters from her friends and their mothers, and photos I took on my last trip to Koreatown, Los Angeles. It was important to make the garments personal but also relatable. There are different translations of the American story, and I wanted to share and embrace me and my communities own.
Working with Ultrasuede® was a very valuable experience as your generosity allowed me to freedom to experiment with the amazing textile. To be able to work with a sustainable textile created another dimension of value to my collection. The textile was luxurious yet did not have limitations; I was able to handpaint, tie dye, flock and screenprint unto its surface. Ultrasuedeｮ served as a great base and foundation for my print ideas, and supported my vision. For example, I was so thankful to see my mother's print so successfully on the plant-based Ultrasuede®.
3. Graduation Works
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