Portraying an authentic cultural exchange, Bianca Saunders’ graduate collection is inspired by her own surroundings and her own background as a 3rd generation British-Caribbean citizen. Born and raised in London and from a West Indian heritage, Saunders noticed that the impact of integration was overlooked. After viewing the exhibition, ‘Return of the Rude Boy’ (2014) at Somerset house and ‘Staying Power’ (2015) at the Victoria and Albert museum, Saunders delved deeper to explore and document this influence through her collection.

Bianca Saunders uses her 6-look collection titled after the song, “London is the Place for Me” by Lord Kitchener to work as a retrospective; showing the development of living in Britain, starting with the Windrush generation. Saunders uses each angle to bring the idea together, looking at the settling in Britain, the British-West Indian home, politics and music, which worked together to form the narrative. Saunders interviewed 1st and 2nd generation West Indian-British citizens, as well as using family photographs to strengthen the concept.

The book ‘The Front room- Migrant Aesthetics in the Home’ by Michael McMillan became a substantial reference. Saunders based the narrative on the story of her Great Aunt Mavis, who came to Britain in the late 1960s and had 5 sons that later became a funk band called ‘Headline’. She would often get them to perform to guests in the front room for parties. To support her household, she sold lace curtains on her own stall that was based in various markets around London. The overall look of the collection is a mix of tailoring, oversized shapes, reflective colour and heavy dives into textile manipulation. Fabric innovation and experimentation has been a key process of the design work.

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LONDON IS THE PLACE FOR ME.

Photographed by Adama Jalloh

Styled by Bianca Saunders

modelled by Shadrach Noel, Jerome Kodjo & Ashley Scott Medusa 




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