Royal College of Art, London, Fashion Womenswear MA 2016 | Central Saint Martins, London, Fashion BA 2012
Luke Stevens’ collection is an exploration of designed objects, environments, products and clothing within the everyday. Habitual actions, standardised design and manufacturing processes, and interactions between materials create a perverse yet banal normality in which his clothing exists as a form of critique on contemporary experience. ‘CABBAGES’ refers to a manufacturing term used to describe garments made from surplus material left in the factory. Used as design methodology, the process of ‘cabbaging' greatly informed Luke Stevens’ choice of materials, i.e. whatever was at hand such as scaffolding net, office chairs and a Mylar survival blanket. These choices invite us to consider the potential of the basest of materials, and what these materials might reveal about the environment or context from which they are pulled.