FASHION AND CLOTHING DESIGN
Today’s fashion culture suffers from a slavish following of the market economy; there is very little room for a designer’s self-expression and art. Yet during the last few decades, fashion has experienced a huge democratisation process brought on by industrialisation. Trends are no longer passed down single-handedly from above, but haute couture, ready-to-wear and street fashion are seamlessly mixed as impressions crisscross from one fashion category to another. My diploma work is a book called Töissä (At Work), where I analyse my professional identity in relation to the establishment through my studies and work experience. My aim is to emphasise the performative and cultural qualities of fashion in my design and artistic work. The book is partly prose and available at the MOA07 festival bookstore.
Sampo Lehtinen graduated from the London College of Fashion (B.A. Hons) in 2002 and got a job as an assistant to Katarzyna Szczotarska. In 2003–2005, he worked in Paris in the studios of such designers as John Galliano, Christian Dior and Impasse de la Défense before deciding to continue his studies at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. He has, furthermore, worked in many teams and as an assistant to costume designer Erika Turunen at the Finnish National Opera and with the Tero Saarinen Company. He is currently working on his own cross-disciplinary Panglosse project.
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