Fashion magazine goes Coco for Thanh Vu's designs

Published: 30 July 2013 at 15:16

Design by Thanh Vu

Graduate's designs displayed in international publication

A collection by BA (Hons) Fashion Design graduate Thanh Cong Vu has been featured in a recent issue of fashion magazine Urban Coco.

The designs, created as part of Vu's major project for the degree course, examine the role of women during wartime.

"War has always been one of my obsessions," Vu explained. "I researched iconic figures such as Athena, Joan of Arc, Violette Szabo, etc, and how they are portrayed in paintings, literature, films, stained glass and sculptures to create the collection. War and fashion photographer Cecil Beaton, and his book The Theatre of War, was another inspiration for the collection. His photographs of resting soldiers, destroyed churches and foggy battlefield really set the mood for the collection."

Vu's interest in traditional handicrafts led him to manufacture the collection back in his home country of Vietnam, using traditional techniques such as hand embroidery and crochet. The final outcome is a fine mixture of colour and texture that tells a story without words.

Asked how the course had helped him, Vu replied: "My three years at Anglia Ruskin University was a great experience. My studies really helped me build up my self-confidence and get myself ready for the real industry. Looking back to my first year, I'm surprised how much I've changed as a person and as a designer. The support of my teachers and all the staff at Anglia Ruskin really are a big part of this."

Urban Coco launched online in June 2010 and moved to print in March 2012. It has a distribution of 15,000 copies across Leeds, and March 2013 saw the launch of an international print edition, which is now available on news-stands in over 20 countries.

Thanh Vu's work is featured in the second international issue, which can be purchased from Harrods and Selfridges.

(Photographer: Kyle Galvin, Make-up: Freya Goodcle, Hair: Jade Dixon, model: Linea@MPmodels)