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.
Date published: 17 April 2015