With a deep interest in history and an avid watcher of documentaries, it seems fitting that Lucy Pye is working on a garment influenced by the way the Western world has made Asian fabrics, such as silk, seem culturally luxurious.
‘When you wear clothes you’re telling a story about yourself,’ Lucy explains. ‘You make your first judgment within a matter of seconds and so I think it’s important to have a story within clothes.’
Having learnt a lot during her time with FAD, both technically and personally, she wants to complete a degree in fashion design. ‘For a bit I was in between on whether I wanted to do fashion or not, and this has made me feel more confident in knowing what I want to do,’ she says. ‘I’ve made quite a few friends here and it’s nice talking to other fashion people, having that common struggle, and that they understand the whole process.’
But while she’s hungry to take that next step into the world of fashion, she’s also well-prepared. ‘I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy in fashion,’ she shares. ‘I feel people try to make a political statement yet still have people making clothes in bad conditions in another country. It makes them feel good that they’re making a political statement but what is it really achieving?’
As a result, Lucy wants fashion’s future designers to see things from both sides, and be more considered in their activism.