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Six Alumni Selected for Fashion Trust Line-Up

Emilia Wickstead SS15, backstage (© Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council)

Emilia Wickstead SS15, backstage (© Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council)

Of the eight designers chosen for the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust initiative — which each year offers mentoring and financial awards for developing businesses — the vast majority studied at Central Saint Martins.

Our alumni Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou, Michael van der Ham, Osman, Todd Lynn, and Richard Nicoll have all been selected for the honour.

Emilia Wickstead SS15 (© Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council)
Mary Katrantzou SS15 (© Shaun James Cox, British Fashion Council)
Michael van der Ham SS15, backstage (© Kensington Leverne, British Fashion Council)
Osman SS15, backstage (© Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council)
Richard Nicoll SS15 (© Christopher James, British Fashion Council)
Richard Nicoll SS15 (© Christopher James, British Fashion Council)

The eight chosen brands will share grants amounting to £215,000. They will also receive mentoring support, covering topics such as copyright and IP law, trend forecasting, consumer insight and brand strategy.

Roksanda Ilincic, also a Central Saint Martins alumna, was previously selected by the trust. She said: “The support of the BFC Fashion Trust came at a crucial time for us. The platform they have created, with access to extremely influential people in the industry, is invaluable for growing British designers like myself.”

More information:
BA Fashion
MA Fashion

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Fashion Graduate Brings Bengal Dream to London

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

This month, menswear designer Rahemur Rahman is showing his graduate collection ‘Bengal Dream’ in Tower Hamlets — the same London borough where a community arts project first fired up his desire to study fashion.

Old photographs of his parents provided inspiration for Rahemur’s work, which draws heavily upon his Bangladeshi heritage. Dazed Digital describes the collection as “gossamer suiting for fantasy Far East business trips”.

To create his designs, Rahemur experimented with traditional weaving, knitting and screen printing techniques. The final fabrics were then produced in the village of Mirpur in Bangladesh. Rahemur wanted to show that the country can be a sustainable and ethical manufacturer of fabrics, despite disasters like Rana Plaza.

The collection is accessorised with bags, sunglasses and shoes, all made by Rahemur. He used spray paints to colour traditional shoes and soft leather bags in vibrant gold, pink and peach hues.

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

Passing on his knowledge
Rahemur gained his love of fashion and textiles through a project run by A-Team Arts, a youth organisation Central Saint Martins works with to help widen participation. He went on to study BA Fashion at the College and has interned with Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Throughout his time at Central Saint Martins, Rahemur was a student ambassador for our Widening Participation team. He continues to share his experience with children and young people who might not otherwise consider coming to the College, and will be running school workshops as part of his exhibition.

He notes: “Without Widening Participation I wouldn’t be the designer I am today, graduating from BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins. If it wasn’t for the constant support from Central Saint Martins Widening Participation staff, I don’t think I would’ve even made it to my final collection.”

You can catch Rahemur’s exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre until 30 November 2014.

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

More information:
BA Fashion
Widening Participation

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Fashion Graduate Brings Bengal Dream to London

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

This month, menswear designer Rahemur Rahman is showing his graduate collection ‘Bengal Dream’ in Tower Hamlets — the same London borough where a community arts project first fired up his desire to study fashion.

Old photographs of his parents provided inspiration for Rahemur’s work, which draws heavily upon his Bangladeshi heritage. Dazed Digital describes the collection as “gossamer suiting for fantasy Far East business trips”.

To create his designs, Rahemur experimented with traditional weaving, knitting and screen printing techniques. The final fabrics were then produced in the village of Mirpur in Bangladesh. Rahemur wanted to show that the country can be a sustainable and ethical manufacturer of fabrics, despite disasters like Rana Plaza.

The collection is accessorised with bags, sunglasses and shoes, all made by Rahemur. He used spray paints to colour traditional shoes and soft leather bags in vibrant gold, pink and peach hues.

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

Passing on his knowledge
Rahemur gained his love of fashion and textiles through a project run by A-Team Arts, a youth organisation Central Saint Martins works with to help widen participation. He went on to study BA Fashion at the College and has interned with Louis Vuitton in Paris.

Throughout his time at Central Saint Martins, Rahemur was a student ambassador for our Widening Participation team. He continues to share his experience with children and young people who might not otherwise consider coming to the College, and will be running school workshops as part of his exhibition.

He notes: “Without Widening Participation I wouldn’t be the designer I am today, graduating from BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins. If it wasn’t for the constant support from Central Saint Martins Widening Participation staff, I don’t think I would’ve even made it to my final collection.”

You can catch Rahemur’s exhibition at the Brady Arts Centre until 30 November 2014.

Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)
Bengal Dream by Rahemur Rahman (photo © catwalking.com)

More information:
BA Fashion
Widening Participation

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Drama Centre London Alumna Scoops BBC Playwriting Prize

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana © Hannah Robins/BBC

Ana González Bello, who graduated from our BA Acting course in 2012, has won the BBC’s Georgi Markov Prize 2013 for her play Diablo and Romina.

Awarded as part of the BBC’s International Radio Playwriting Competition, the Georgi Markov Prize is given to the writer whose script shows most promise. As the prizewinner Ana receives a two-week return trip to London, enabling her to spend time with the BBC’s Radio Drama and World Service departments.

The BBC judges praised Ana’s play, saying: “A charming piece, written with great authenticity and a simplicity that was refreshing. The world was well captured and atmospheric, and the threat of violence really well achieved.”

‘Mind-blowing’

Diablo and Romina tells the story of Roxanne Romina. Roxanne lives with her mother in a small town in the south east of Mexico where nothing ever happens, until her cousin Frank returns from America and changes everything.

Inspired by an assignment a journalist friend of hers had taken, Ana took migration as the theme for her play. “I wanted to tell a story from the point of view of those who stay behind,” she explained. “The women in a family where the men move away and have been swallowed and spat out by the American dream.”

Speaking about her win, Ana said: “Writing a play that the BBC, a worldwide referent of quality, thinks shows great potential is mind-blowing. Winning this competition has given me the fuel I needed to want to keep on writing and to get better at it.”

More information:
Drama Centre London
BA Acting
MA Dramatic Writing
The BBC’s full interview with Ana

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A Digitised Planning System: Scoping Study

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Researchers at Central Saint Martins and the Design Against Crime Research Centre won a Creative Voucher Award to undertake a scoping study on digitised planning systems.

Funded by Creative Works London, this project is the starting phase of a long-term goal to develop and pilot a new digitised planning system for the UK. Geoffrey Makstutis (Course Leader of BA Architecture at CSM) and Mark Simpkins, of the (Design Against Crime Research Centre, UAL) working with the RIBA Policy Unit, are developing a scoping study for the project.

The project aims to provide both a means of allowing architects, designers, planners and developers a way of making use of a range of different types of data to improve the planning process and, crucially, to enable the public to become engaged in the processes that change the built environment – to understand the process, to participate the process and to inform policy at local, regional and national levels.

More info on the Creative Vouchers website.

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TEXTILE TOOLBOX online exhibition

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The TEXTILE TOOLBOX exhibition launches online on 13th November. It is a showcase of ten propositional design concepts inspired by Mistra research into the sustainability of the fashion and textile industry.

The exhibition platform functions as a research and public engagement 
tool formed around TED’s ‘The TEN’ – design strategies for innovative sustainability thinking and action. The exhibition proposes how these strategies can translate technical and scientific research breakthroughs into design concepts. The new products demonstrate the potential for progressing a sustainable fashion system with new materials, processes, applications and business models. The exhibits are a starting point for discussion – provocations, or ‘provotypes’ – showing us how design tools can create entirely new visions for the future of the industry. This unique online platform offers a global audience a glimpse of a sustainable future fashion industry. An industry that ultimately gives the consumer pleasure whilst also giving the planet and its inhabitants absolute consideration.

The final design pieces use a strategic ‘TEN’ approach to create beautiful fashions for style fans to savour, with aesthetics connecting and responding to the scientific research of the MISTRA Future Fashion consortium.

Exhibits:

1. Seamsdress, by Dr Kate Goldsworthy

2. A.S.A.P (Paper Cloth), by Prof Kay Politowicz, Sandy MacLennan (East Central), Dr Kate Goldsworthy, David Telfer (COS) and Dr Hjalmar Granberg (Innventia)

3. Shanghai Shirt by Prof Becky Earley (Research Profile) and Isabel Dodd

4. Inner/Outer Jacket by Clara Vuletich

5. DeNAture, by Miriam Ribul in collaboration with Hanna de la Motte (SP)

6. ReDressing Activism, by Prof Becky Earley, Emmeline Child and Bridget Harvey

7. Smörgåsbord, by Melanie Bowles (Research Profile) and Kathy Round

8. Sweaver, by Josefin Tissingh

9. Fast Refashion, by Prof Becky Earley

10. A Jumper to Lend, A Jumper to Mend, by Bridget Harvey

Resources:

The collaborations with scientists, academics and professionals, have lead to Tool Kits for action, instructions for making, resources for learning, and films to sit back and watch. International training tools and education models will be available from the site as a free download in the final report in June 2015.

Open Call:

We will also invite a global fashion design audience to submit their own sustainable future fashion projects to us, and selected works will be showcased in an open gallery on the site. We also invite reviewers to send us feedback on the exhibition and to contribute to our final project report. Get in touch for the opportunity to be part of this exciting process.

For more information:

Apply for the next UAL Showroom exhibition

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To run in conjunction with London Fashion Week and UAL Green Week, the UAL Showroom will present an exhibition of work that is a Voice for Change. Submissions should creatively challenge the status quo through foregrounding environmental and social equity within fashion. Selected work will be exhibited from January – March 2015.

We are looking for UAL students and alumni to feature in the exhibition:

Work exhibited can include:

  • Design concepts, collections and services based on principles of sustainability applied to fashion or beauty, and fashion accessories (menswear, womenswear, bags, hats, jewellery, footwear, cosmetics etc).
  • Fashion photography or illustration with a demonstrable ethic in terms ofenvironmental and / or social sustainability or story relating to this subject matter.
  • Presentation of a social enterprise operating within fashion and its communities.
  • All submissions must clearly demonstrate your ambition, methods and process undertaken
  • Visually arresting and thought provoking pieces informed by sustainability imperatives

To apply to be part of this exhibition please download the application form below:

The Creative Outlet

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20 Oct – 23 Dec 2014
09:00 to 20:00

The Creative Outlet is an annual showcase of exciting emerging and established talent, selling unique seasonal gift ideas – ranging from innovative jewellery design to contemporary interior products.

The original works on display – designed and produced by University of the Arts London students and alumni – can all be bought directly from the exhibitors, through their online shops, and at our festive pop-up shop on 4 December, where you can meet the artists and designers, and buy their work in person.

Exhibitors: Alex Burgess, Amanda Tong, Anshu Hu, Augusta Akerman, Camilla Brueton, Celia Dowson, Charlotte Day, David Bennett, Edyta Slabonska, Emi Dixon, Emily Carter, Emma Alington, Evdokia Savva, Finchittida Finch, Gaurab Thakali, Jungeun Han, Kolin and William, Nao Creative, Observatory Place, Reiko Kaneko, Richard McDonald, Rob Halhead-Baker, Robbie Porter, Rolfe&Wills, Sarah ‘Kenikie’ Palmer, Soo Kim, Sylvia Moritz and YU Square.

MA Material Futures Announces New Bursaries

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Central Saint Martins is collaborating with file sharing service WeTransfer to create two ground-breaking bursaries. Two students joining MA Material Futures in September 2015 will receive funding for the full two years of study.

For the next decade, these new bursaries – which have been initiated and funded by WeTransfer – will support two students each year in their full-time studies.

Caroline Till, MA Futures Course Leader, said: “For us this is an amazing opportunity and really important because we are trying to keep accessibility to postgraduate education open to the broadest spectrum of students.

“Fees are one of the biggest problems, so to partner with WeTransfer on this kind of scholarship is ideal for those students who wouldn’t normally be able to apply.”

Inspiring creative talents
Each of the selected students will make a short film introducing themselves and their creative process, and they will continue to document their work throughout the year. This documentation will be showcased to WeTransfer’s monthly and global user base of 65 million people.

The bursaries will be open to all applicants, with a focus on people who incorporate disruptive technology into their creative practices. Each student will also be provided with mentorship from a member of the WeTransfer team.

WeTransfer’s Chief Strategy Officer, Damian Bradfield, said: “Central Saint Martins is one of the most prestigious schools for art and fashion in the world. To be able to offer two bursaries to the MA Material Futures postgraduate course – and in turn support two inspiring creative talents from around the globe each year – is an exciting opportunity for us.”

The MA Material Futures bursaries will be open for applications early next year, when the course application process begins.

More information:
MA Material Futures

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Lisandro Olmos wins Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Awards

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Lisandro Olmos, BA Fashion Menswear

Congratulations to Lisandro Olmos who was awarded the Fourth Annual Lowe Nova Award last night. Lisandro’s menswear collection was inspired by recent student protests in his native Venezuela against the government’s socioeconomic policies.

The awards ceremony, which took place in Notting Hill, saw five of this year’s 13 finalists presented with Lowe Nova Awards – the overall winner, three runners up and a Unilever Magic Award:

Ferdinand Freiler
Jack Idle
Sinaida Michalskaja
Rosie Pilkington
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More:
Twitter #LoweNova
– lowenovaawards.com

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