Graduating fashion design students from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University displayed their innovation, creativity and artistic sense at the Graduation Fashion Show 2000. Under the theme 'Box', which symbolises the opening up of the students' talents in front of the audience, 21 students showcased their originality with their six-piece collections. The themes of their designs ranged from cyberspace to gender issues. Fashion designer Barney Cheng, one of the judges, said the students' designs were more creative than ever. 'The students have put in their best effort. Their designs are creative, energetic and sophisticated,' he said. 'Students' designs are always the most impressive because they do not have to worry about sales. They can make their designs as wild and crazy as they like.' The Creativity Award went to Echo Tang Yuen-lam, 22. Ms Tang said her collection was inspired by past memories. 'For example, the dress of my favourite doll, my birthday dress when I was a child and my grandmother's dress in the old days,' she said. 'What I wanted was to re- create the memories. From my point of view, clothes do not only last for a season or a year, but can be passed on to the next generation.' The materials she used were mainly cotton and silk. According to Ms Tang, cotton creates a feeling of reminiscence while silk gives an impression of elegance. The Fashion Vision Award went to Chiu Wing-yan for her collection 'Please Fasten Your Seat Belt'. The 24-year-old said her collection was inspired by the life of an air hostess. 'My collection is a wardrobe for the air stewardess. 'They have to leave home very early and their wardrobe should be simple, easy to pack and wrinkle-free. She had a hard time deciding on the material and finally picked canvas and leather. 'Canvas can be folded, and I can paint whatever I want on it,' she said.