While fashion weeks globally have been experimenting with the digital format this season, fashion students graduating this year have had no choice but to play with it too. Instead of the usual catwalk or presentations where previous alumni would have had the pleasure of showing their collections, this year’s class of 2020 have had to use their creativity to produce a new way of presenting their final year projects, proving their artistic abilities can be adapted for many disciplines. Can the drama, fearlessness and youthful energy of a student show be translated virtually? We find out as we take a look at how the different universities decided to interpret this new format.

Middlesex University
A website seems an obvious starting point as to where to house digital projects, but this impeccably designed 3D experience showed that this internet browser is more than a virtual showcasing. As well as the final projects of textile, design and communication students, the platform also hosted panels with industry experts such as Sarah Mower and Karen Binns over the course of a few days at the beginning of this week. As well as being inspired by the graduates' relation of their ideas, viewers were able to hear the unheard opinions of stylists and editors with a click of their computer mouse.

View the collections here.

Ravensbourne University London
Fashion should always be fun, which is a concept the Ravensbourne graduates have taken literally. Partnering with Twitch.tv, the Fashion and Gaming students have come together to create a downloadable game, premiering live on July 13th 5pm via the streaming platform. Ten fashion design graduates have created avatars of models wearing their designs, which have been animated and uploaded into a digitally-rendered gaming environment in which users can photograph each look from any angle, while exploring different lighting and atmospheric options. This has given the students the opportunity to have their collections styled and photographed, albeit virtually, in a safe and exciting new way.

View a teaser of the game here.

Central Saint Martins
Purveyors of experimental fashion, Central Saint Martins replaced their usual LFW show spot with a digital offering this season. Instead of showing their usual graduate collections, the MA students collated video clips of their experience working in lockdown into a ten minute long display of their different inspirations. As abstract and unexpected as you would expect from a CSM show, their video presentation adequately represented what these young designers care about.

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