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

Content Credit: Kira Gemain Brown
Image Credit: Musta Bhima