Julia Kim: Xylem So Fine.

June 13, 2009
Graduate Fashion Week is something I invariably aim to cover on the blog but never actually get ’round to giving deserved attention to since something else of more (supposedly…) importance (exams…) seems to crop up. Thus, you’ll find comments and coverage on/of the formidable talents of Ravensbourne, RCA, Nottingham Trent and countless other universities (not to forget Ireland’s own NCAD and LSAD) is more than sparse here, and if you’re at all interested, get thee to Steve for writings on matters assorted including fringing and skeleton pique bibs.
Fortunately, however, some time can be snatched to admire the creations of the grads of – arguably – the world’s most prestigious school, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen whose innovation will be showcased at this year’s show which concludes today. Most promising for me were Düsseldorferin Julia Kim and Hong Kong-native Six Lee.

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Kim’s collection entitled Ligneous is a study in structure and texture – nothing’s made wood ever look as good. From a belted-trench with ‘wooden’ jagged lapels to a thin belt akin to a slender branch coiled around another of those outerwear garments, but this time in a soft plaster grey. I could go on but no number of words could do her technical mastery justice, just do yourself a favour and check here for more. Check back for more on Lee a little later.

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Dazed have interviewed three of the grads.

Images from Julia Kim