Student Designs Go On Sale At Leading Uk Department Store
A stunning range of hats designed by Kensington and Chelsea College students is being sold as one-off pieces after being snapped up by one the UK’s top department stores.
Fenwicks is stocking the exclusive student collection after the college’s award winning Millinery Department held a private viewing for the store’s fashion buyer Lecia Finch.
Impressed by the quality and design of hats created by the college’s Millinery students, Miss Finch took less than 30 minutes selecting the stores summer range.
The 12 hats chosen have already gone on sale at the Bond Street branch of Fenwicks.
Miss Finch said:
‘The collection selected was based on current trends, colour and designs that have the wow-factor. Fenwicks customers want a unique piece, and that’s what they are getting with the designs from Kensington and Chelsea College.’
The college is in its second year of working with Fenwicks. Gill Ingham, Head of Creative Arts and Media at Kensington and Chelsea College, said of the partnership:
‘Fenwicks is very supportive of our millinery students and isn’t afraid to take chances with new designers.’
‘They’ve been quite adventurous in the selection of student designs and have given students a brilliant platform to showcases their skills and creativity to paying customers. The experience has also given students a greater working knowledge of the business side of millinery.’
Fenwicks has also commissioned a 2010 Ascot collection from Melissa Pemberton-Pigott, one of the students who graduated from the college course last year. The revered collection is among the pieces featured prominently in the Bond Street store’s front window display.
Praising the high-level of millinery talent at the college, Lecia Finch added:
‘The student designs tend to get sold fairly quickly. In fact we have people coming in enquiring specifically about the one-off pieces created through the college because they know that no-one else will have anything similar. The level of talent at the college is simply phenomenal.’
Date published: 3 June 2010