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Delighted to hear that Museum of London recently acquired two fashion ensembles and a group of oral histories from designer and UCA BA (Hons) Fashion graduate Tihara Smith and her Grandad, Lazare Sylvestre. Designed as part of Tihara's graduate collection in 2018, the outfit specifically references the story of her grandfather, who arrived in the UK from St. Lucia in 1958 as part of the Windrush generation. Last year we chatted with Tihara about her groundbreaking work. She said “I wasn’t necessarily intending on it being ‘political’. I was just excited to create work that reflected my heritage and identity and celebrated the Caribbean. Towards the middle of my third year, the Windrush Scandal started to be reported on the news which added a political edge to my work, so I did want to make some statements in my work at that point with slogans like ‘Black and British’ and ‘You Called We Came’, in support of the Windrush Generation. But overall, I just wanted to create work that highlighted the positive contribution of the Windrush Generation, like my grandparents, and celebrate the islands of the Caribbean.” Read more about Tihara's collection here: https://bit.ly/3x3tHEV #WeareUCA #MakersofUCA #fashion #bafashion #ucafashiondesign #fashionblogger #fashiondesign #fashiondesigner #design #fashioncourse #fashionstudents #art #creative #museumoflondon #museum #history #Windrush #Windrushgeneration #BlackandBritish