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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.

Award Winning Student Champions Adult Learners Week 2015

As celebrations for Adult Learners’ Week 2015 approaches, Kensington and Chelsea College had its very own adult learning success story to champion.

The College, which is backing the national event being held from June 13 – 20, recently celebrated the achievement of adult learner Julien Papillon, who has been awarded a placement at the Worshipful Company Of Glazier And Painter Of Glass.

Julien, 33-years-old and currently on the College’s BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, caught the interview panels eye with his bold design, beating entrants from across the UK to win a forty-week enhanced work experience programme and the opportunity to work with experienced professional designer/makers, top level craftsmen and conservators.

This is not the first time the spotlight has been on Julien, only a few months ago he won a spot at the prestigious Contemporary Glass Society’s exhibition, which is usually reserved for the most talented and experienced artist.

In a years’ time, I will be full of new experiences, techniques, skills and contact: the best start possible for my own studio project!

Julien is one of many high achieving adult learners at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Speaking about his support from the College, Julien added:

 

This award project has been a lot of work, stress and sometimes discouragement. But my tutor Maria Zulueta was present at any time, and I could have not done it without her. It is a team work victory really.I find the team here at Kensington and Chelsea College, optimistic and devoted, so if you have a plan in mind, you will find inspiration here.

 

 

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.”

New BA Fine Art Top Up Programme Rivals University Counterparts

New BA Fine Art Top Up Programme Rivals University Counterparts

Kensington and Chelsea College’s commitment to affordable and flexible education is no more apparent than through the College’s new BA Fine Art Top-Up Programme – offering students a fast-track and competitively priced opportunity to gain a full degree qualification, in the heart of London’s art and design district.

Structured over three separate courses, taught over three years, the College offers students the flexibility to join at any stage of their Higher education studies with no need to repeat a year. The HNC is equivalent to Year 1, the HND to Year 2 and the BA top up to Year 3.

There has been a considerable change in the size and management of Fine Art courses at specialist Art Colleges and Universities. Anecdotal evidence records student experiencing courses where they feel overwhelmed and under supported, and a reduction in the studio space available. Kensington and Chelsea College’s fine art facilities offers the space and tutor contact that is missing elsewhere.

Current HNC Fine Art student said: “HNC tutors are a delight – inspiring, enthusiastic and patient!”

Current BA Fine Art top-up student said: “The standard of tutors… is excellent – the college has an excellent study environment.”

In addition to the enhanced studio space and tutor contact, the fees at Kensington and Chelsea College are also significantly lower than at other colleges – reducing the cost of a three year degree from around £27,000 to nearer £16,000.

Programme staffing is key in maintaining the relevance, currency and quality of the course. All teaching staff are practising and exhibiting artists. This includes the fractional appointments and Visiting Lecturers – providing a range of teaching styles, experience and specialist knowledge.

Greg Rook, Course Director of the BA Fine Art Top-Up said: “Students have four well attended exhibitions over the three years and benefit from the flexibility of having three taught days with five days of full studio access.”

“Evidence of the quality of the courses is that 25% of students go straight on to MA at the Royal College, Chelsea and Camberwell etc., from the first year HNC.”

Students who complete the three years are awarded a Fine Art BA (Hons) by London South Bank University.

There are still places available on the course for September 2015, but hurry, they are filling up fast! To find out more about the BA Fine Art Course visit this link for our fine art qualifications or contact 0207 573 5333.

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.

Fine Art Students Secure Place At University Of The Arts Through CAPS

Fine Art Students Secure Place At University Of The Arts Through CAPS

Six of Kensington and Chelsea College’s Fine Art students have been offered undergraduate degrees at the University of Art thanks to the Compact Agreement for Progression Scheme.

The scheme which is run by the University of the Arts London is specifically aimed at students studying on a vocational course who are the first in the family to go to University.

Six high achieving students from our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design were nominated for the scheme with all six successfully completed it – Hannah Pearce, Ocean Toppin, Jessica Lee and Mignon Nixon progressing onto the BA in Fine Art and Eleonor Hurley and Gerarda Tolino progressing on to the BA Interior Design Spatial Design.

The scheme comprised of a variety of workshops, advice sessions on preparing their portfolio and mock interviews to help prepare the students for getting into the University.

Speaking about her experience on CAPS, Hannah Pearce said: “The scheme helped me with my portfolio. It geared me up for university within a matter of months. It was extremely intense but I’m glad to say that we all persevered through support from our tutors, and were rewarded for it in the end.”

Kensington and Chelsea College is a partner College for the University of the Arts. The College enjoys a high-profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, and has a successful student alumni, which includes Turner prize nominee Spartacus Chetwynd. The College’s Fine Art Department has a strong track record of producing skilled artists, many of whom progress to postgraduate and undergraduate study at leading institutions including Camberwell School of Art.

For more information about our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design or any other Fine Art courses contact the College on 020 7573 5333 or visit https://www.kcc.ac.uk/courses/creative-arts/fine-art/fine-art-qualifications/

Millinery Students Create Eggtastic Easter Bonnet For Sainsburys

Millinery Students Team Up With Sainsbury’s For Easter Egg Packaging Recycling Scheme

Millinery talent from Kensington and Chelsea College teamed up with Sainsbury’s to launch its Easter egg packaging recycling scheme, by creating an Easter Bonnet made entirely out of Sainsbury’s Easter Egg packaging.

The Millinery students from our HNC Millinery course worked together for 2 hours, using everything from card and foil to Sainsbury’s shopping bags to create the stunning bonnet, which was modeled by staff at Sainsbury’s local.

Katie McIntyre, Fashion and Millinery Performance Manager said: “It was with great pleasure that the students from the world renowned HNC Millinery course at Kensington and Chelsea College took a break from producing their beautiful individual collections to work together to support Sainsbury’s Easter egg packaging recycling.”

“Creativity and imagination is at the heart of the hats we produce at the college and working with a variety of interesting materials broadens the students’ horizons. It was very exciting to apply traditional and innovative millinery techniques to unusual products and fantastic that the student’s hard work was ultimately rewarded with a generous supply of Sainsbury’s chocolate.”

Sainsbury’s is the first supermarket to offer a dedicated Easter egg packaging recycling facility in its stores – rolling the facility out to 400 supermarkets ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend for a fortnight.

Paul Crewe, Head of Sustainability at Sainsbury’s said:“We’re eggcited to bring back our Easter recycling scheme with this fantastic Easter bonnet parade.”

“At Sainsbury’s we’re constantly thinking of new ways to help customers waste less – and once the chocolate eggs are eaten over the bank holiday, it’s never been easier to recycle their packaging.”

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Millinery Department has a high-profile reputation for excellence and has nurtured the talents of gifted milliners including Justin Smith, Gina Foster and Sarah Cant. Its talented alumni can be regularly found winning awards, featured in the press and taking centre stage at leading exhibitions.

For further information about the College’s internationally renowned Fashion and Millinery courses please contact the College on 0207 573 5333 or visit https://www.kcc.ac.uk/fashion-and-millinery/

Short Course Helps Student Build Future in Interior Design

KCC Student:Anna Ogulewicz

Anna Ogulewicz is about to embark on a career in interior design and it’s all thanks to an introductory short course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Originally from Poland, The 26 year old moved to London at the age of 19. Knowing little English, she initially joined the College to improve her English language, but with dreams of pursuing a career in interior design in the heart of London; she knew this was only the beginning for her.

Anna explained:“I have always been interested in interior design. From a young age I remember being inspired by watching the TV show Grand Design.”

Believing she had what it took to pursue a career in interior design; Anna enrolled on an Introduction the Interior Design and Technical Drawing course, where she learnt how to create mood boards, collages and basic technical drawing techniques.

Anna’s skills and ambition catapulted her from an Introduction to Interior Design to a Level 3 Diploma in Interior Design – completing the level 3 course with a double distinction.

Now on the HNC Interior Design Level 4 course, Anna says the course has given her the confidence to go straight into employment:“The professional practice sessions have helped me prepare for the world of work. We are given guidance on how to write our CV’s, how to market ourselves and how to exhibit in an industry standard way. It’s these employment skills, which have given me the confidence to go straight into work after I finish my course.”

She went on to say: “The added sessions in Vectorworks really helped me to develop my CAD skills. Vectorworks is an industry CAD programme which is used across interior design. Learning this program has helped me to visualise my ideas, and gives me confidence to enter the interior design industry, knowing that I am equipped with Industry standard skills.”

Want to explore Art & Design at Kensington and Chelsea College? The College has a range of short courses starting in April. To find out how to enrol visit https://www.kcc.ac.uk or call our course information on: 0207 573 5333.

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Art and Design Student Secures Spot At The Contemporary Glass Societys Latest Exhibition

Kensington and Chelsea College’s art and design student Julien Papillon beat stiff competition from across the UK to feature in one of the most revered exhibitions in the glass industry.

The Contemporary Glass Society is renowned for representing glass at an international level and shines light on glass in the media and through the committee’s networks.

More than 70 entries were received for the online exhibition entitled: ‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity. The exhibition – which theme this year explores purity and ice – displays the best of contemporary glass through a variety of glass works, techniques and approaches.

The entries were shortlisted and juried by an esteemed panel of judges from the Contemporary Glass Society’s committee.

50 CGS members were selected to take part in the spectacular online glass exhibition, with Julien Papillon piece ‘Monsters Work’ earning him a respectable position in the online gallery. Commenting about his work, Julien Papillon said: “The word monster actually comes from the latin word ‘monstrare’. I wanted to challenge the idea that monsters are not always horrible creatures. I used the technique of fused glass and cold working, which is a process of polishing the glass. The finished piece took over 3 months to make.”

Speaking about studying the BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design (Design Crafts) – Level 3, Julien Papillon added:
“You’ve got to take real ownership of your project. Each project is a meticulous process, so you have to be very organised and methodical in your approach. Our Tutor Maria Zulueta has expert technical knowledge and supports us through each stage.”

Julien also gave his advice to people that want to study the course:
“I recommend to anyone that wants to study glass, to have a project already in mind. The College has fantastic facilities, but to take full advantage of them you have to plan ahead.”

Julien has already successfully secured a job within a top London Glass Company and says he plans to continue to develop his own projects in the future.

‘Transparency’ – Winter: Ice And Purity launched on the 5th of February and will be available to view online until the 28th February.

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