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Professor Louise Wilson’s death has had a profound effect on the students whose lives she shaped. We’ve seen a slew of tribute collections. But Christopher Kane’s today may have been the deepest. For some time, he’s been inclined to probe his own past, and reanimate ideas he never fully explored first time round. Back then, when he was a student at Saint Martins, he designed pieces using ropes and cords, like those in the bondage images of Nobuyoshi Araki, one of his favorite photographers. Here, the central motif of the collection was again ropes and cords, but they had a symbolic weight, tying Kane’s past and present together, linking Louise Wilson and the legacy she’s left in designers like Kane, even, on the most basic level, tying together the beginning and the end of this particular show.

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