CENTRAL SAINT MARTINS FASHION
Central Saint Martins is part of the University of Arts London, Europe’s largest university for art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts and their world renowned Fashion School should need no introduction to anyone seriously interested in Fashion and Fashion Design.
CSM offers a wealth of courses in every conceivable area of Fashion Design and in many formats from Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts to summer courses, weekly courses and online information evenings.
We advise any designers interested in Fashion Business courses to take a look at their summer courses such as “How to Start Your Own Fashion Business” and “Fashion Business Branding and Marketing” of which we’ll be reporting more on soon.
Last month forty graduates from the CSM BA Fashion course presented their final collections in a show that was dedicated to the memory of their Professor Louise Wilson OBE who died on May 16 this year.
Professor Wilson was as known for her strict attitude and sharp wit as much as she was for the successful students who, under her guidance, forged their style into winning collections and stellar careers: Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Hussein Chalayan, Roksanda Ilincic, Giles Deacon and Marios Schwab and many more from the elite of British fashion design. Wilson’s brutally honest and witty comments such as “It looks like a Halloween costume made by a drunk mother one wet night in October,” led to her notoriety and the saying “if you can survive Louise’s comments, you’re ready to go into the world”. However sharp her approach may have been, the outpour of love for Professor Wilson after her passing showed how respected she was on an international scale and how valuable she was to the students who were fortunate to have studied under her.
Earlier this month Central Saint Martins honoured their former Head of the Fashion MA Course by launching The Louise Wilson MA Fashion Fund.
According to CSM, “The fund will continue to build on the tireless work undertaken by Louise for the 20.20 Fashion Fund created by her in 2010.”
The fund will raise money to first provide scholarships for students who wish to study on the MA Fashion course to help overcome any financial obstacles and also to benefit the teaching and technical resources of the college.
Closing the BA Graduate show last month Jeremy Till quoted Wilson saying “one of Louise’s famous quotations – or rather, her ‘quotable quotations’ – was something like, “students can be a real pain, but it’s always a privilege to be amongst youth.”
The graduates who won the show’s L’Oréal Professionnal Talent Awards are Gracie Wales-Bonner who won first prize of £1,500 for her Menswear collection that had a very cool seventies vibe portrayed in high waisted pants, jeweled black flares, creamy coloured leathers and a pink boucle suit.
Asai Andrew Ta took the second prize for his womenswear collection. Appearing like wind-whipped storms of cloth, his skillful collection brought a wild mix of colour, texture and elegance to the show.
Fiona ONiell’s abstract Womenswear collection won her third prize in the awards. The garments were made from her own specially developed material that merged elastic with canvas types of fabrics to create a stif yet flexible silhouette on to which she hand painted images of dresses. She cites the geisha paintings of artist Kate Blacker as her inspiration for the look.
The L’Oréal Professionnel Talent Award judging panel consisted of Anna Orsini of the British Fashion Council, Willie Walters, BA Fashion Course Leader, Joanna Craig-Brown of L’Oréal Professionnel, Kay Barron from Net-A-Porter, Arthur Arbesser, Craig Green and Ashish. The prizes were given by designers Peter Jensen – MA Fashion alumnus and Craig Green – BA and MA Fashion graduate.
Other graduates who have caught our eye for their innovative style and use of specially developed materials are :
Sang Yoon who developed a fabric of plastic and patent leather to create his stunning collection of Womenswear. The garments were sculptural and futuristic and beautifully balanced with flowing fabrics reminiscent of Greek or Roman robes.
Quoi Alexander created a powerful silhouette of warrior-like costume that he constructed from a complex mix of weaving techniques and laser cutting. His collection was part inspired by a concept he found in the work of artist Xu Bing and the idea of obscurity through abstraction.
Photos are from catwalking.com via CSM blog