The EU Referendum has been a topic on many Briton’s lips these past few weeks, as June 23rd draws ever closer along with our country’s future fate within Europe. Never afraid of making a political statement, the fashion world hasn’t been shy about sharing their opinion on the matter, from British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, model Cara Delevingne, to long time activist Vivienne Westwood – all for the most part largely expressing their favour for remaining within Europe. But the latest anti-Brexit fashionista has decided a t-shirt or Instagram post isn’t enough of a political statement, and has taken the Referendum onto the catwalk for his Graduate Collection.
Phillip Ellis is a BA Fashion student at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, as well as previous employee of label Meadham Kirchhoff and more recently for fashion collective Vetements. His graduate collection however, whilst clearly influenced by his experience at such major brands, was one that successfully demonstrated his own vision; his heavily emphasised EU references marking him as a daring up-and-coming designer to watch.
Armbands, slogans and badges adorned the collection in a very literal manner, phrases such as ‘birds of a feather flock together’ written alongside the British and EU flags, and with a few fairly unsubtle ‘Pig-Gate’ references thrown in too (just for good measure). Further typically British imagery prevailed, such as newspapers, traditional English proverbs and football style scarves, all jumbled in with an interesting mix of shapes, layers and fabrics for a colourful and eclectic statement look. Hoodies were teamed up with lace frills, and cutesie cat bags with with pitch black oversized silhouettes, but somehow every look came together seamlessly, in a seemingly thrown on, easily fashionable manner; of course typical of British street fashion.
Ellis has cleverly made the politics surrounding the anti-Brexit argument seem very natural to British culture and values through the use of his screen prints, slogans and imagery throughout the collection. And whatever your view on he EU Referendum may be, there’s no denying this graduate collection is one to rival many long established brands out there already. Take a look below at some of our favourite looks and remember Phillip Ellis’ name, because it’s certainly one you will be hearing more of.
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