The work of hundreds of creative Middlesex University final-year students went on display on Thursday (2 June) as ‘Platform’, one of the largest student art exhibitions held by any UK university, opened its doors to the public.
Thursday’s launch kicked off with a fashion show, followed by an exhibition of work from students studying subjects including animation, photography, fashion, interior design, fine art, jewellery and illustration.
The event is taking place in the Old Truman Brewery on London’s famous Brick Lane. Students taking part include photography student Squiz Hamilton, recently named as AOP Student Photographer of the Year, and fashion student Rasa Abramaviciute, winner of the 2010 Fashion Awareness Direct competition at London Fashion Week.
One of the up and coming fashion designers taking part in the show was North London resident Agatha Hambi, whose collection is based on a fictitious 1930s woman mourning a lost lover. She said: "I was really excited tonight and proud of myself for getting this far. My advice to young people thinking about studying Fashion is to go for it. Fashion is about believing in yourself and sticking with it.
“This is just the beginning for me, the starting point, the possibilities are endless. For now I'm going to carry on doing my own projects as that is where my passion lies. It’s exciting not knowing and I am determined to get myself out there!”
Squiz Hamilton, displaying his award winning pictures taken in Uganda of a girl from the Acholi tribe modelling designer clothes, said: “I had always wanted to shoot in Africa as I wanted to use a girl from the Acholi tribe, as they are particularly tall and elegant. I set off on my own with a suitcase of designer clothes, went to villages and spoke to families to see who would take part. Before leaving I realised it was the wet season and was so close to cancelling, but I went and luckily it was clear for two of the ten days I was there.”
Around 5000 people are expected to visit the exhibition.