THERE: its May 20 and postgrad Alice Coral, whom weve
followed over the last few months and had the support of some of
our great readers, is showing her Central St Martins graduation
collection today in London.
While we cant show all the designs as some
are still secret, we can reveal a few from Alices photo shoot.
Coming up, we will show Alices entire collection and shots
from the three-dimensional installation.
My show is finally here and I am very excited,
she told us. After so much hard work, it will be the first
time I will see the whole collection together on the models, with
accessories, shoes and make-up.
It has been an incredible roller-coaster
and it was scary sometimes, but mainly a real buzz. After all the
organizing, sewing, photo shoot, studio, models, contacts and, of
course, making the collection, I feel like a proper designer, and
it is rewarding.
Alice recognizes that she was not alone and many
have given up their free time, investing in her talent and believing
in her. She names designer Paula Barbeito, who made
my beautiful spats and gave me advice and inspiration along the
way; designer Lyall Hakkaria, who gave me invaluable
advice about corsets construction and also lent me his studio
to finish my collection, Alexander Webster, photographer, who did the beautiful location photo shoot and captured exactly
what I wanted, and Emma Rice, the model who appears
in these shots, interpreting Alices idea of the starlet and
who has become my muse.
Webster had stepped in to help after earlier arrangements
changed. His web site, www.synkspeed.com,
shows the photographers versatility with non-fashion work
Alice also thanks the Phoenix Artist Club Bar
& Dining Room, and its manager Maurice, who
lent us the space for the indoor photo shoot.
The Phoenix used to be the rehearsal and
dressing rooms where Laurence Olivier made his stage début,
and is located under the Phoenix Theatre in Charing Cross Road,
London, W1, Alice explains.
All of us at Lucire wish Alice all the best
for today and look forward to seeing her name not just in our pages,
but in many of our competitors titles, too. After this journey,
and seeing the inspiration behind and quality of her work, she deserves
Some of our readers were not credited by name due to privacy,
but if you do wish to be named, please
let us know.
Photographed by Alexander
Modelled by Emma Rice
Make-up and fashion designs by Alice Coral
Location: Phoenix Artist Club
After all the organizing, sewing,
photo shoot, studio, models, contacts and, of course, making the
collection, I feel like a proper designer, and it is rewarding
make-up: Alice Coral works on Emma Rice.