‘It had only been done once before us, by Marques’Almeida,’ Emma Chopova explains of her decision – taken with Laura Lowena – to study for their Central Saint Martins MA in fashion as a duo. ‘We thought that we’d have to really fight for it, but actually CSM were alright with us doing it… Marques’Almeida were the pioneers! Even in the BA, when we were separate, we worked together in the same way. I don’t know how other duos work, but that constant filtering of ideas, feeding off another person, is what works for us.’
Over the course of their studies and in the two short years since their graduation, the duo have found a comfortable way of coexisting creatively; dividing duties that make the most of their skills and challenging each other to take ideas to the next level – all approached with a friendly spirit of collaboration and contradiction.
‘When we were on the MA together, we’d show up with a stack of research that didn’t make sense, and our tutor advised us to put our images side by side and try to match it up as if it’s having a conversation – and that’s how we start everything now,’ Chopova explains. ‘Rather than trying to make one thing out of two people, it makes so much more sense to actually have two things and put them together.’