LCF MA17 continues with a Graduate Spotlight interview featuring MA Fashion Futures graduate Kam Lung (Johnson) Wong, a Hong Kong native who explored the upcycling potentials of personal protective equipment.

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Where did you study prior to London College of Fashion?

Before coming to LCF, I studied BA Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University, where I got a First Class Honors Degree in 2012.

Why did you choose LCF and MA Fashion Futures?

I chose LCF because of its reputation as a leading institution in the world of design, and looking at the list of faculty and alumni, I knew that I would get a good education. I decided to apply for MA Fashion Futures because sustainability is an issue in fashion that has interested me for a very long time, and being able to investigate this issue from a theoretical and practical way appealed to me.

Tell us about your Final Major Project?

My final MA project focused on the upcycling potentials of personal protective equipment (PPEs) like high visibility vests and jackets, as the majority of these items end up in landfill and this is a big problem. I took these used PPEs and made a collection of fashionable bags.

What did you enjoy most about the course, and what did you find most challenging?

I found the range of topics introduced through the different modules very stimulating, and as the course is very small, I learned a great deal from my course mates, who all came from a wide range of background and work experiences. This was an eye-opener and certainly made the group sessions enjoyable.

What I personally found difficult was that as I had worked in the fashion industry for a few years prior to commencing my studies, so I found the adaptation back to academia quite challenging. This course does involve quite a bit of background reading and theoretical analyses so getting my head around that was a constant struggle.

What would be your top three tips for prospective students?

My top three tips would be: have a clear vision of what you want to achieve from this course. Don’t be afraid to push your boundaries. And enjoy the experience.

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What is your favourite thing about studying in London?

London is a great place, and the changing face of the city during the day and between seasons is fascinating. I constantly get inspirations just by taking a walk outdoors, and something is always happening at any time of the day.

Describe your work in five words…

AfterWork, upcycling, sustainable, empowering, and eco-chic.

Who is your biggest inspiration or muse?

I know this may not exactly answer this question, but I would have to say that God has been my greatest inspiration. Whenever I come across any difficulties, I do turn to God for guidance. In fact, I have sought solace at a number of churches in London and being in a peaceful environment has allowed me to recollect my thoughts and gather my strengths when I get stuck with academic or other difficulties.

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What are your future plans and how do you think the course has helped you realise this?

My future plan has always been to set up and establish my own brand. Prior to starting this course, I wasn’t quite sure about the direction of my designing career, but through my course, I have been able to work on my brand AfterWork, which is a sustainable label dedicated to upcycling used PPEs. As part of the course, I was able to develop seven bags for my initial collection. From here onwards, I would like to further develop my brand and establish a viable business out of it.

LCF moving to Stratford: What do you think about the university moving east?

This is a difficult issue because part of LCF’s strength lies in its central location and its proximity to the heart of the city. However, the move to Stratford does seem to bring on a lot of exciting opportunities for future students – not only can there be more learning facilities, but Stratford is a new hub in east London and the constant regeneration of that area means that students will be at the forefront of future developments.

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