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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 or contact Head of Fashion – Katie McIntyre on

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 for more details and to register attendance, or alternatively call 0207 573 5333.

Top Names From Hair And Beauty Head To Kensington and Chelsea College

Top Names From Hair And Beauty Head To Kensington and Chelsea College

An audience of top employers and industry experts will be lining the front row for Kensington and Chelsea College’s Christmas Hair and Beauty show.

‘Snowline’ takes place at the College’s Kensington Centre on Wednesday December 17, from 1pm-3pm, and is aimed at connecting budding stylists and beauticians with top industry names.

As part of the show, the College’s level 1, 2 and 3 hairdressing, and level 2 media make-up course students will showcase their skills by hosting a catwalk, featuring models they have styled.

Student moodboards will also be on display to highlight the creative process behind each of the catwalk looks. A special panel of industry experts will also be revealing who they have judged as the winners for the show’s best moodboard, and outstanding hairstyle and overall look.

Winning students will walk away with a selection of top prizes sponsored by City and Guilds, Goldwell, Chris and Sons, Avlon Industries and multi award winning stylist, Junior Green.

Among other top names attending ‘Snowline’ are Charlotte Mensah – crowned 2014 Afro Hairdresser of the Year at the Hairdressers Journal British Hairdressing Awards; Clifford McDavid – international celebrity and session hairstylist; Justin Tellus – Educational Director of HABIA Japan; Desmond Murray – multi award winning stylist and member of the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of fame and Verna McKenzie one of the Afro Hair and Beauty Show organisers and part of the Black Beauty Sensationnel Hair awards team.

Kensington and Chelsea College’s Hair and Beauty Department is staffed by tutors who are industry experts and/or working as hairdressers and stylists themselves. The department also operates a fully functioning commercial salon at the College’s Kensington Centre, which also acts as a professional training base for students, allowing them to perfect their skills on real paying clients.

Interested in the College’s Hair and Beauty courses? Come along to the College’s next Open Days on February 3rd and 5th. Each centre will host different subjects so please visit for more details, or to register your attendance.

Buy A Unique Gift On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall!

Discover Unique Gifts On Kensington And Chelsea Colleges Christmas Stall At Portobello Market

From beautiful, bespoke jewellery and elegant framed photos to exclusively designed home accessories – there’s no shortage of unique gifts to buy this Christmas on Kensington and Chelsea College’s stall at Portobello Market.

The College’s talented art and design students will be hosting a stand on the iconic London market, on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of December, from 10am – 3pm.

The collective of up-and-coming Designers can be found on stall number 98 on December 5th and as part of the Arts and Crafts Market for Saturday December 6th.

Among the items on sale are candle holders, frames, necklaces, rings, paintings and photographs – all exclusively designed to ensure they are one-of-a-kind gifts, and competitively priced!

For more information about the College’s Art and design courses why not attend our next Open Days taking place on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th of February. You will be able to access 1-2-1 advice from art and design specialist tutors, and tour some of the College’s Design studios. Each centre will be hosting different subjects so please visit for more details or call 0207 573 3600.

Fee-paying students could also secure the lowest possible fees for their 2015-16 art and design courses by taking advantage of our early enrolment offer. For more info visit:

Kensington And Chelsea College Millinery Students Add Creative Touch To The Lord Mayors Show

Lord Mayor

A stunning selection of period piece hats, designed by Kensington and Chelsea College’s talented millinery students, will be the show piece for one of the most high-profile floats featured in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show.

The Lord Mayor’s Show is one of the best-known annual events in London, as well as one of the longest-established, dating back to the 16th century. The traditional, and much loved event, celebrates the annual inauguration of Lord Mayor of the City of London.

In preparation for the show, the College’s HNC Millinery students have been busy adding the final touches to their period piece hats for the show. Their eye-catching creations will be showcased on The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers’ float in the Lord Mayor’s Show, and will represent designs from Belle Epoque and Edwardian era.

The 2014 Lord Mayor’s Show takes place on Saturday 8th November. It is over three and a half miles long and fills the whole space between Bank and Aldwych from 11am until about 2.30pm. The show is cheered by a crowd of around half a million people and watched live on the BBC by millions more.

The 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.

The department’s recent high-profile student and alumni achievements include a first prize win by milliner Michael Wood for the 2014 Feltmakers Design Award, organised by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London, as well as a hat designed by recent College millinery graduate Margaret O’Conner, worn by none other than Lady Gaga. Millinery alumni Justin Smith also recently worked with Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie, producing the headpiece worn by her Character in Disney’s Maleficent.

For more information about the College’s Millinery courses visit our Fashion and Millinery page.

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

Chance Encounter Leads To A Silver Lining For Former Journalist

A chance encounter with a silversmith and an inherited box of tools set the path for a former journalist to retrain as a jeweller.

Despite a high-powered career in politics and journalism, Thierry Kelaart, 31, says she has always been destined to be a jeweller following a ‘fascinating meeting’ with a gifted silversmith when she was just a teenager.

Thierry, from Ladbroke Grove, said: “I was first introduced to silversmithing and jewellery making as a teenager during a family holiday in Devon. We spent an afternoon with a local silversmith called Mr Geldhart, and I remember being absolutely fascinated by his work and tools. He was an incredibly inspiring man, but sadly I only ever got the opportunity to meet him that once.”

Touched by Thierry’s interest in jewellery-making the silversmith went on to leave her his tools in his will, unbeknown to her.

Thierry, said:

“I didn’t receive his legacy of tools until several years after having met him so it was a total surprise. Inheriting all those amazing silversmithing tools was quite a shock. It was also quite overwhelming as I was still very young then but it certainly sparked my interest in jewellery making.”

A decade later she decided to give up her fulltime job to retrain as a jeweller and enrolled onto a jewellery making course at Kensington and Chelsea College.

“It’s not so overwhelming when I look at the tools now that I know how to use them! Every time I’m taught something new in class I come home to discover I already have the tools to make it because of Mr Geldhart. I’d like to think he would be pleased with what I’m now doing.” said Thierry

Speaking about her Jewellery Making course at the College Thierry added:

“My tutors are brilliant. They’re very skilled and still work as designers! What I most love about the course is that we get to study art for part of it. The art side helps me explore my ideas and inspire new work. I’m doing something I really love, which makes a career so much more fulfilling.”

Thierry hopes to start her own jewellery business having successfully completed her course at the College.

Kensington and Chelsea College still has places for courses starting in September 2014. To enrol, simply attend one of the enrolment sessions below*:

    • Tuesday 26th August – Friday 29th August
  • Monday 1st September – Thursday 4th September


  • Saturday 6th September


*Sessions take place at our Chelsea and Kensington Centres and each will be hosting different subjects. For times and details of which centre to attend check out our enrolment session, or call 0207 573 5333,

New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up Gives Kensington And Chelsea College The Competitive Edge

New BA (Hons) Fine Art Top-Up

Kensington and Chelsea College has launched its first ever degree top-up programme, offering a competitively priced opportunity to gain a full degree qualification.

Students who have finished a HND or Foundation Degree programme in Fine Art, or a related discipline, can now apply to move on to the top-up programme at the College to gain a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

The course is not only cheaper than many of its university counterparts, but offers students the chance to study in a location close to many world class arts organisations and museums, many of which the College is already closely connected with.

The new one year programme allows aspiring artists to develop and refine their chosen specialist discipline in a studio setting.

The top-up programme provides an opportunity to study the critical and contextual dimensions of fine art practice supported with tutorials, lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are also encouraged to develop their thinking and understanding to become independent and critically aware practitioners.

As part of the course students will also participate in the College’s end of year degree show testing both the students’ own qualities as artists and their implementation of curatorial and presentational expertise.

After this course you can go on to study an MA qualification or enter employment as a self-employed practising artist, fine art photographer, professional printmaker; or become involved in curating, museum and gallery work, teaching, creative consultation, community arts work, arts management and administration; or other areas of the creative industries including advertising, film and video production, software design or self-employed designer. Employers from a range of industries, who are seeking flexible, self-motivated and creative individuals, seek out Fine Art graduates.

The course starts on the 22nd of September, 2014 and takes place at the College’s Chelsea Centre just off King’s Road.

To be accepted on to the BA Top-Up Programme you must pass an interview with the Curriculum Leader or Course Tutor. To arrange this please visit: or contact the College on 0207 573 5333.

There are still places available on courses for September 2014, but hurry, they are filling up fast! If you want to secure your spot on one of the College’s remaining September start courses head down to one of the enrolment sessions.


Discover Londons Thriving Photography Talent

Discover Londons Thriving Photography Talent

An exciting new exhibition showcasing a range of stunning images from some of London’s up and coming photographers will open in West London on Thursday July 17.

‘Hidden Rivers’ is FREE to attend, and is the debut exhibition of a group of talented photographers who honed their technical skills and creativity on Kensington and Chelsea College’s BTEC National Diploma in photography.

Their breathtaking images are taken from across the genres of fine art, fashion and documentary and embodies a range of photographic concepts, styles and techniques. These include processes dating back to the beginning of photography, right through to digitally generated images, and screen-based work.

‘Hidden Rivers’ runs from Friday July 18 until Thursday July 24. Guests also have the opportunity to meet the photographers during a Private View being held on Thursday July 17, from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.

The exhibition and private view will be held at the College’s Chelsea Centre Gallery on Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS. The exhibition is open weekdays only, from 10am – 4pm.

To view the exhibition catalogue please visit:

Many of the one-off pieces in the exhibition are also on sale, giving guests the chance to snap up exclusive prints produced by emerging new talent.

To attend the event please register on:

Among those exhibiting their work is Gokhan Tanriover – an NHS Doctor who gave up his medical career to purse his passion for photography.

“I still work really long hours as a photographer, but the difference is I now enjoy it because I’m finally doing something I love.” said Gokhan.

Speaking about his College course Gokhan added:

“The tutors on the course are really great. They’re not just teaching as they still work as photographers and their career achievements are amazing. I liked the fact we are taught by established photographers.”

“The course was also perfect for me as it ensured I was technically proficient, helped me explore the artistic side of photography, and taught me how to earn a living as photographer. I’ve learnt so much and can really see the improvement in the quality of my photos.”

“It’s a luxury to do what you love in life, so if you know what that is you should just go for it. I really think it’s important to pursue what makes you happy because you only get one life”

Kensington and Chelsea College has an outstanding photography department which gives students access to fully equipped studios and a state of the art digital suite, as well as a traditional darkroom, one of the few left In London.

Photography students at the college work on a range of projects including photo shoots with fashion graduates to photograph their end of year collections. The college’s innovative Photography Department was also widely featured in the national press after becoming the first in London to run a photography course for the iPhone called iPhoneography.

The College is running a range of short courses, including photography, as part of its popular summer school programme. For more information visit:

New Designers 14

New Designers

Meet The Next Generation Of Design Talent At New Designers 2014

Talented design students from Kensington and Chelsea College will be showcasing cutting edge work in one of the UK’s biggest shows for profiling the design industry’s rising stars.

‘New Designers 2014’ brings together the very best graduating designers from around the country and gives them a platform to showcase their work to industry employers, media and the design hungry public.

This year nine students from the College’s Professional Practice design course will be among the cream of the crop displaying their creative flair at the exhibition.

The works being profiled at New Designers by the College’s design students include stunning jewellery and glass pieces.

Deborah Belli, who is exhibiting her work at the show said:
“This is my first big exhibition. It’s going to be a great experience and the group I am with is brilliant.”

Deborah, who has a degree in Economics, previously worked in the financial sector but gave it up to pursue her love for designing and making jewellery.

“The course at the College is really good. The tutors are very experienced and experts in what they teach.” said Deborah.
“I really enjoy expressing things through my designs and experimenting with different techniques and processes. It’s definitely not a boring career!”

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre, Upper Street, Islington, and runs from June 25-28 and July 2-5. Kensington and Chelsea College can be found on Stand Number CAA28 from June 25-28. For more information about New Designers 2014 visit:

Want to explore Art and Design at Kensington and Chelsea College? The College’s 2 week art and design summer school starts from July 14th and is perfect for extending and refining portfolios in preparation for further or higher courses. We are also running a range of short intensive summer school courses from 1 day to 2 weeks in a variety of subjects from Music to Languages. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative and learn a new income generating skill. To find out more, or enrol visit:

Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Discover Londons Newest Artistic Talent

Art lovers are in for a treat as two new exhibitions open in West London offering the chance to discover talented, up and coming artists.

The two exhibitions – ‘Becoming’ and ‘Maelstrom’ – will run alongside each other for just one week only at the Chelsea Centre Gallery, Kensington and Chelsea College, Hortensia Road.

Both exhibitions are free to attend and guests will have an exclusive opportunity to discover London’s finest emerging artists as well as purchase some of the cutting edge artwork on display.

‘Maelstrom’ will be showcasing the work of artists graduating from Kensington and Chelsea College’s Fine Art courses, and will include a mix of painting, sculpture, video and installation.

‘Becoming’ brings together a stunning collection of Paintings, sculpture, Installations, 3D Design, Fashion, Graphic Design and Photography work produced by artists from the College’s Foundation Art & Design courses.

Both exhibitions run from Friday June 27 until Friday July 4, at the College’s Chelsea Centre, Hortensia Road SW10 0QS. The Gallery is open weekdays 10am – 9pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 9am – 5pm.

To attend the exhibitions and to stay up to date on future exhibitions please register at:

A special Private View will also be taking place on Thursday June 26 for both exhibitions from 6pm – 9pm. On the night special guest Susan Sluglett, one the College’s Fine Art Alumni and a Jerwood Painting Fellow, will also present the College’s Peter Stanley Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding work.

Kensington & Chelsea College is now offering the opportunity to gain a Fine Art BA with London South Bank University in the College’s inspiring Chelsea studios. This top-up degree programme has been designed for students who have successfully completed an HND, Foundation degree or equivalent in Fine Art or a related subject and now wish to convert their existing qualification into a full Fine Art BA honours qualification. With highly commended studios, facilities and teaching staff, this is a unique opportunity to complete a Fine Art degree at a fraction of the price of a degree elsewhere.

The College enjoys a high-profile reputation for excellence in Creative Arts, and has a successful student alumni, which includes Turner prize nominee Marvyn Gaye 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 Goldsmith’s College and Camberwell School of Art.