Central St Martins' Tze Goh 04.08.11

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Foam is the magic ingredient in these rigid garments. "It's the same type of foam that is used for women's underwear," says fashion designer Tze Goh, who designed the collection of dresses and jackets for his MA graduation show at Central St Martins in London.

It all started with a T-shirt. "I tried to find a way of creating a more structured T-shirt that was more of an outer garment than an undergarment," says Goh. "So I researched materials and found this foam." The traditional T-shirt morphed into more extreme shapes, eventually pinned down as nine different looks in his graduate collection.

The foam is fused with jersey in different shades of white to create subtle variations from garment to garment. They channel minimalist designers like Jil Sander or Martin Margiela while at the same time retaining individuality and newness. The seams are almost invisible, creating an illusion of the garments being moulded rather than sewn together. "I didn't want anything to distract from the shape of each piece," says Goh, who is working on his second collection to be unveiled during London Fashion Week in September.

 

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Tze Goh

 

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Johanna Agerman Ross

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I tried to find a way of creating a more structured T-shirt that was more of an outer garment than an undergarment

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