In 1983 the British Fashion Council was founded in Somerset House and the first edition of London Fashion Week took place in February 1984 in a West London car park.
It saw the debut of fashion icon and CSM alumna, John Galliano, whose degree collection was inspired by the French Revolution.
In the aftermath of the recession, where only a small slew of designers show collections in handful of rooms at the Ritz, CSM alumna, Alexander McQueen lightened the mood in 1992 with his ‘bumster’ trousers in his debut collection. Art came to life when a model became a human canvas and was sprayed with a robot paint gun during McQueen’s later 1998 summer collection.
CSM alumna Stella McCartney was still a designer student when her entire collection sold out after the 1995 Spring/Summer show. Her line-up of models included Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.
CSM alumna Hussein Chalayan won British Designer of the Year twice (in 1999 and 2000). His graduate collection in 1993, entitled “The Tangent Flows”, showcased garments which he had buried in a back yard and exhumed just before the show.
Kate Moss took to the catwalk for Matthew Williamson’s London Fashion Week debut in 1997. Titled ‘Electric Angels’ it was seen to push the boundaries of fashion at the time as it focused on bright colour blocking.
CSM alumna Christopher Kane debuts his lace-imbued collection, featuring neon and his signature zips in 2006 to rapturous praise – paving the way for a new wave of innovative design talent.