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Fashion Students Launch Film About Savile Row

It was a sensational evening for Kensington and Chelsea College’s fashion students as they launched the anticipated documentary film ‘Tailored Stories’ at the internationally renowned London College of Fashion.

Students from the College’s UAL Fashion Diploma course and London College of Fashion teamed up with arts and education charity digital-works to explore the history of tailoring in the Savile Row area in London’s West End. With support from the Museum of London the students undertook research and went on to interview 25 people working in various aspects of the trade.

This project celebrates the history and skills of the men and women in the industry with candid stories of pride and hardship, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie and brushes with the famous and powerful. Most of all, this project puts those who have made the area synonomous with the highest quality craftsmanship at the centre of this history.

The documentary film was launched in front of a line up of guest’s at the London College of Fashion.

Arianwen Shoring, Lecturer at Kensington and Chelsea College, which has also provided funding for the project, said:

This is a great project to delve into the history and heritage of Savile Row, as well as a great opportunity for the students to understand the industry and the growing popularity of menswear and its association with London. Arianwen Shoring

To watch the film please click the button below.

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL Student Looks Forwards To Future In Fashion

Former ESOL student-turned-Model Aramatou Toure has a bright future in Fashion and says it’s all thanks to the help and support she received at the College.

Originally from the Ivory Coast, Aramatou joined the College 7 years ago. Not knowing any English, she enrolled on an ESOL course, where she learnt to speak and write English.

Speaking about her experience on the ESOL course Aramatou said: “I have improved my English a great deal and write and speak it confidently and that has boosted my self-esteem, which is important to have in life.”

7 years on, Aramatou has gained enough confidence to embark on a career in modelling – entering and number of competitions including the prestigious Miss Borough UK Competition.

She has also thrived academically; progressing onto a number of Fashion Courses including Pattern Cutting and Garment making. And with goals of becoming a Fashion Designer in the future, Aramatou is well on her way to a flourishing career in the Fashion Industry.

Speaking about her time on the Garment Making course, Aramatou says: “Now I am able to make garments, I can produce my own clothes, and I hope soon to make clothes for others.”

She went on to say: “Studying at the College has really helped me become the confident Model I am today. I would definitely recommend taking a course at Kensington and Chelsea College.”

Fashion Student Exhibits At Iconic Royal Opera House

Fashion Student Exhibits At Iconic Royal Opera House

Promising Fashion Student Musata Bhima from Kensington and Chelsea College was one of 10 finalists out of 450 to be shortlisted for the annual Design Challenge Competition organised by the iconic Royal Opera House.

Now in its fifth year, the annual Design Challenge Competition invites students from Creative and Cultural Skills Academy colleges across the UK to develop their design skills for an opera or ballet production.

This year the challenge was based on Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with briefs set across four categories, including costume design – where the talented designer’s garment was entered and shortlisted.

Originally from Manchester, the 23 year olds costume entry was exhibited at the Royal Opera House on the 27th March amongst other winning entries.

As well as having her garment exhibited, Musata Bhima was also treated to Schools’ Matinee performance of Madama Butterfly at the Royal Opera House.

Speaking about being on the UAL First Diploma Fashion course, Musata Bhima said: “I always wanted to come to London to study Fashion. I chose to study on the UAL First Diploma Fashion course at Kensington and Chelsea College as it’s a comprehensive course and offered a broad range of skills.”

Speaking about the Design Challenge Musata Bhima said: “Arianwen our tutor really supported me throughout this project. From advising me on the fabric colours all the way to helping me re-stitch my organza.”

Earlier in the year, the College’s UAL First Fashion Diploma students teamed up with film-makers Digital Works to start shooting a high-profile film exploring the history of Savile Row – the iconic London home of bespoke menswear. As part of the film’s launch celebrations, the College will be hosting its very own pop-up store in Carnaby Street where guests can discover the latest cutting edge designs from budding stylists.

For further information about our UAL First Diploma Fashion course or any of the College’s Fashion courses please contact the College on 0207 573 5333, visit our Fashion page.

Fashion Students Collaborate With The Royal Opera House For New Exhibition Madame Butterfly

Fashion Africa and Madame Butterfly - 9th - 27th February

Discover the next generation of budding fashion designers in a new exhibition that explores a modern and traditional take on the famous Japanese Opera ‘Madame Butterfly’.

The three week exhibition profiles the work of 7 up-and-coming designers from the College’s internationally renowned Fashion department.

The project brief was set by the legendary Royal Opera House, giving the designers the chance to choose from 4 different contexts.

Guests will be treated to a stunning display of garments inspired by both a modern and traditional take on the Opera, as well as enjoy a range of materials that were used by the students, including silk and traditional oriental patterns.

The emerging designers from our UAL First Diploma in Fashion include: Adiam Elias, Annelle, Brianna mills, Cassie Hostalery, Jason Shum, JB and Kira Gemain Brown.

Speaking about the exhibition, Arianwen Shoring, Course Director said: “I am very impressed by the quality and creativity the students have developed after only studying at Kensington and Chelsea College’s UAL Diploma course for five months, the work is of an excellent standard.”

As part of the project, one talented student will be given the opportunity to work backstage at The Royal Opera House, as well as exhibit their selected garment.

A special private view is being held from 6pm on February 12th at the College’s Chelsea Centre Gallery, where guests can meet the talented fashion designers showcasing their work.

For further information about ‘Madame Butterfly’ or any of the College’s Fashion courses please contact the College on 0207 573 5333, visit our Fashion page or contact Course Director – Katie McIntyre on k.mcintyre@kcc.ac.uk

Content Credit: Kira Gemain Brown
Image Credit: Musta Bhima

Fashion Africa Exhibition

Fashion Africa

Kensington and Chelsea College Exhibition Shines the Spotlight on African Fashion

Kensington and Chelsea College’s innovative fashion department is hosting a stunning new exhibition exploring African fashion.

‘Fashion Africa’ will be running at the College’s Chelsea Centre for three weeks starting from February 9th, and throws the spotlight on non-western designers and garments using African textiles.

The exhibition was inspired by a project undertaken by the College’s UAL Diploma fashion students to produce contemporary garments using traditional heritage fabric, in particular African ‘bark clothe’.

The students were also supported throughout the project by two established designers, Eldimaa Fashion and Gnostic Jungle.

The exhibition will bring to the forefront many of the beautiful garments and fashion photographs produced for the project.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet the budding designers in a special Private View taking place on Thursday February 12, from 6pm-8pm, at College’s Chelsea Centre Gallery, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS.

For further information about ‘Fashion Africa’ or any of the College’s Fashion courses please contact the College on 0207 573 5333, visit www.kcc.ac.uk or contact Head of Fashion – Katie McIntyre on k.mcintyre@kcc.ac.uk

Fashion Students Reveal Hidden History Of Londons Iconic Savile Row

Fashion Students Reveal Hidden History Of Londons Iconic Savile Row

Talented fashion students from Kensington and Chelsea College are producing a high-profile film exploring the history of Savile Row – the iconic London home of bespoke menswear.

16 of the College’s UAL Fashion Diploma students teamed up with film-makers Digital:Works to start shooting the film, which chronicles the lives and skills of the people who helped to shape Savile Row’s world-renowned name.

Backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the students will be responsible for capturing interviews with tailors and seamstresses, and ‘behind the scenes’ footage of them showcasing their incredible skills.

The film will provide an exclusive insight into the famous street which has dressed everyone from actors and foreign dignitaries to our own Royal family.

As part of the project students will also be given a guided tour of Savile Row, led by a tailor who has worked in the industry since his apprenticeship. During the tour students will have the unique opportunity to interview a number of people who work in, or are retired from, the trade including a master tailor and one of the first female tailors.

The project will also include access to the Museum of London’s rarely seen collection of clothing and other items relating to the street and give students the chance to work with Curator of Fashion & Decorative Arts, Tim Long, who will be on hand to explain the production processes and their fashion heritage significance.

Nina Vella, a Year 1 student on the College’s UAL Diploma course, said: “It’ll be interesting to see the change of bespoke tailored clothing over the centuries, and hear from people who have experienced it first hand for decades.

Arianwen Shoring, Lecturer at Kensington and Chelsea College, which has also provided funding for the project, said: “This is a great project to delve into the history and heritage of Savile Row, as well as a great opportunity for the students to understand the industry and the growing popularity of menswear and its association with London.”

The film is due to premier with a prestigious London launch in June 2015 to coincide with London Fashion Collections; Men

As part of the launch celebrations, the College will be hosting its very own pop-up store in Carnaby Street where guests can discover the latest cutting edge designs from budding stylists.

For further information about the College’s internationally renowned Fashion and Millinery courses please attend its next Open Day at the Chelsea Centre on Thursday February 5th.

Please visit http://www.kcc.ac.uk for more details and to register attendance, or alternatively call 0207 573 5333.