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Great Expectations

An interactive animated showcase featuring the fashion world's most promising new graduates

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

Central Saint Martins, the Antwerp Academy and the Royal College of Art are three of the most revered fashion institutions in the world, excelling in nurturing and guiding the design talents of tomorrow. The 2010 graduate class collections were among some of the most striking and accomplished we have seen for a number of years. AnOther's fashion director Cathy Edwards chose six of the most promising designers, showcasing their work in our first interactive animated fashion story. How would they describe their own work? "Controlled maximalism with a focus on texture," says Matthew Harding. "An imaginary world. Not a dream world, but one that exists parallel to ours," says Nathalie Fordeyn. "Pure, clear, sober," says Simone Sommer. "I see garments like pieces of art," says Lilly Heine. "Minimal, relaxed, light-hearted and colourful," says Kirsty Emery. And it's nice to know that AnOther has played some small part in inspiring the fashion designers of the future: "When I saw Tilda Swinton on the cover of AnOther, I wished that she was wearing my clothes," says Shao-Yen Chen. "Her performance in the editorial was inspirational."

Read our interviews with the designers to find out more about their work. We're going to be posting a new one every day.

Look 1: Chen Shao-Yen, Central Saint Martins
Look 2: Nathalie Fordeyn, Antwerp Academy
Look 3: Kirsty Emery, Royal College of Art
Look 4: Simone Sommer, Royal College of Art
Look 5: Lilly Heine, Central Saint Martins
Look 6: Matthew Harding, Central Saint Martins

Film: Ben Toms
Styling: Cathy Edwards
Concept and Interactive Direction: Francisco Salvado
Model: Melissa Tammerijn at Union Models
Hair: Naoki Komiya at Julian Watson Agency
Make-up: Janeen Witherspoon at Julian Watson Agency
Styling assistance: Hollie Lacayo
Hair assistant:
Shin Sone