Aalto University Graduate Collection – Luyi Liu

As the semester ended Finland’s Aalto University presented the collections of its graduating designers in Helsinki in the Näytös 16 runway.

The show usually generates a buzz here and abroad in fashion circles, as they not only present amazing collections from the graduating class but it has become a presentation of talents to come.

One exciting fact that is sometimes overlooked is that there are graduating designers who were born outside Finland, and will some day have a very active role in how fashion moves forward here.

I caught up with one of the graduating designers, Luyi Liu and asked her some questions about herself and the collection. 

Luyi Liu opened the fashion show with a rebellious goth-like collection of dresses that evoked Finnish Metal and classic Valentino. She is one of the Fashion design graduates born overseas this year and her collection is a great example of how Finnish fashion is created by a new, more diverse generation in Finland.

Can you tell me a little bit about you?
I moved to Finland from China when I was eight years old, because my father was working here. Since childhood I always liked to draw and paint, so once a week I went to an art school for young people, so I kinda knew at a young age that I wanted to do creative work in the future.

After high school I studied clothing design for one year at Lahti University of Applied Sciences, and a year after I was accepted to Aalto University to study fashion design.

What was your inspiration for the collection?
The sources of inspiration for this collection were black metal and Balenciaga in the 60’s. I was inspired by the big silhouettes of Balenciaga’s sophisticated and giant dresses and I like the roughness in black metal, so I took my print inspiration from that. I used silk, denim, wool, net and tulle in these clothes.

What are your favorite Nordic designers?
Some of my favorite Scandinavian fashion designers are, for example, Henrik Vibskov, Ann-Sofie Back and Anders Haal.
What’s next?
In the near future I would like to do some internships abroad, finish the rest of my BA degree courses. But now, in the summer I would like to have a good rest.
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Photos by Guillaume Roujas