On Tuesday, singer Madonna and musician FKA Twigs were spotted at the Central Saint Martins (CSM) undergraduate fashion show. The prestigious art school—known for producing renowned designers Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Stella McCartney and Phoebe Philo—held its annual show in London’s Kings Cross area, where students exhibited their graduate collections to a crowd of friends, family, buyers and fashion editors.
According to Women’s Wear Daily, Madonna arrived at the Met Gala on May 2 in a studded leather jacket by Moschino and a boombox-shaped bag by Midnight Studios. FKA Twigs embodied cyberpunk chic in a pair of spiral, serpent printed hoops by independent jewelers Panconesi and dystopian Gareth Pugh platform lace-up boots.
At the fashion show, political and futuristic designs were displayed. One designer sent 3D QR codes down the catwalk; when scanned, these codes took viewers to an Instagram filter containing renders of the designs. Another look included a transparent pregnant stomach.
L’Oréal Professionnel, a partner of Central Saint Martins for more than 20 years, once again awarded three students with the Young Talent Award. The award grants cash prizes to designers who graduated from the Bachelor course Womenswear and Menswear, Accessories and Footwear. Previous winners include Grace Wales Bonner and Richard Quinn. This year’s grand prize was awarded to knitwear designer Alice Morell Evans for her sculptural crochet pieces. Runners up included womenswear designer Emil Dernbach and Fashion Design and Marketing graduate Diana Sträng.
In addition to the fact that FKA Twigs and Madonna both have a pre-existing relationship with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Rocco Ritchie (Madonna’s son) currently studies Fine Art at CSM. Also in 2019, FKA Twigs performed on Jools Holland wearing a wet look dress designed by Dimitri Petsa, a recent graduate from CSM. This year, she enlisted the help of final year fashion student, Yasmin Whitlock, to create some of the props used in her most recent mixtape video “CAPRISONGS.”